Selasa, 10 Juli 2012

FDB warns against wrongful use of food suppliments


THE Food and Drugs Board (FDB) has cautioned the public against patronising the services of facilities which claim to use food supplements for the treatment of diseases.

“These so-called health facilities/clinics are engaged in fraudulent diagnosis using unapproved/uncertified medical devices and ‘treating’ their patients with food supplements imported and distributed by Dynapharm Company Ghana Limited,” the board said in a statement issued in Accra.

According to the statement, signed by the Deputy Chief Executive in charge of Food of the FDB, Mr John Odame-Darkwah, the board’s post-market surveillance activities had revealed the existence of the illegal treatment schemes in some parts of the country, particularly the Brong Ahafo and Ashanti regions.

It said some people used food supplements for the treatment of disease conditions including cancers, heart diseases, diabetes, Parkinson diseases, epilepsy, reproductive disorders, allergies, asthma, hepatitis and kidney problems.

Food supplements being fraudulently used, according to the board, included and were not limited to red coffee with Ginseng, Ganoderma, Dyna Serenoa, Spirulina Tablets, Nonicare Instant Cereal, Noni Plus Tea, Dyna GH capsules, Pro Young, Dyna Tonic, Yee Yang Yen and Wheat Grass Extract Powder.

“The FDB reiterates that food supplements are not medicines and, therefore, have no therapeutic indications.

“Their wrongful use to treat disease conditions can result in worsening of the disease condition which can even lead to death in some cases,” it said.

The statement asked the public to report anyone or health facility involved in such fraudulent treatment schemes to any of the FDB offices nationwide.

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