The Liberia Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Authority (LMHRA) has disclosed that the Indian-run Abeer Pharmaceuticals has been selling “fake medicines” on the Liberian market.
Abeer Pharmaceuticals is located on Randall Street. It sells drugs as both retail and wholesale levels. It is one of those very cheap pharmacies in Monrovia. Its retail room is flooded throughout the day with people buying different kinds of drugs. Most of the drugs bought, are not prescribed by a doctor.
The Government of Liberia’s health regulatory arm released a statement to the Observer Thursday, September 11: “The Liberia medicines & Health Products Regulatory Authority (LMHRA), the Government Pharmaceutical Regulatory body, has observed with grave concern that in the wake of our fight, against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in our country, some medications have surfaced on our pharmaceutical markets that are NOT SAFE FOR CONSUMPTION. Please DO NOT BUY any of these medications, as they have been tested and failed quality control test. Taking any of these medicines shall lead to serious health consequences.”
Some of the products that LMHRA said they got from Abeer Pharmaceuticals included Diclof-100mg, Diclof-50mg and Aquaten-100mg. The other products are Amoxitor-125mg and Ampitor-125mg.
Our Health Correspondent saw at least 12 cartoons of medicines that the LMHRA took from Abeer. Two of the cartoons were dampened and Mr. David Sumo, Managing Director of LMHRA, said they had been in Abeer’s ware house for over a year.
One of his assistants opened a bottle of the Amoxitor-125mg, which had its expiry date to be 2016. The odor from the yellowish power that came from the bottle nearly threw everyone from the room.
Mr. Juwe D. Kercula, Pharmaceutical Information Officer, told the Daily Observer that punishment measures for Abeer’s action including quarantining the products, recalling it/them from the market and publicizing it for the general public to know that those products are harmful and are not fit for human consumption.
He said the last option would be to revoke the operator’s license, if.
They also showed two other products, both with names ‘Siidrek and Sudrek’ that they said are fake products on the market.
“These two were not brought on the market by Abeer,” Mr. Sumo clarified.
When contacted, the legal counsel of Abeer told the Observer that they are ready they would respond “appropriately” to LMHRA.