Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has referred 21 over-the-counter chemical sellers to the Pharmacy Council for stocking and selling high doses of Tramadol.
The Ashanti Regional head of the FDA, Nora Narkie Terlabi, told the media, the exercise was to regulate the sale of the drug in the Ashanti Regional capital, Kumasi.
The FDA seized over 4000 tablets, which were beyond the registered dose of 50 and 100 milligrams.
It discovered that there was a lot of unregistered 200 milligrams being sold on the open market in the region.
According to Narkie Terlabi, the Authority will soon be monitoring some pubs as well.
“We will use some informants to get to some pubs soon…we are picking that at some of the pubs, Tramadol is dropped into alcoholic beverages and sold.
“We have not been able to get any physical evidence yet but we will pursue it…we are actively following up on it,” she said.
The Authority’s action was in response to what it said, “is the abuse of the medicine used to treat moderate to severe pain”.
Tramadol, a restricted medication used to treat moderate to moderately severe pain, has become almost “a street drug” for the treatment of a normal pain like a headache, sometimes with approval from health practitioners.
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