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Court sentence 2 for 15yrs over fake Diabetes drugs

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An Accra Circuit Court delivered judgment aganist two persons standing trail over the unauthorized sales and unregistered distribution of fake diabetes drugs on the internet contrary to Section 118(1) of the Public Health Act 2012 ( Acts 851).

The two, Mary Alemina and George Asante were found guilty of eleven counts and were sentenced to a fine of 9000 penalty units which is equivalent to GHS 1,188,000.00 and in default, would serve 15 years imprisonment.

Giving the judgment in Court, Her Honour Evelyn Asamoah, found the two accused persons guilty of the offenses hence, the sentence.

In an interview, the Chairperson of International Diabetes Federation for African, Mrs, Elizabeth Esi Denyoh revealed that, what she witnessed is a positive win for all diabetic patients in Ghana.

She indicated that the sentence is a victory for suffering diabetes patients and a prove that, there is an associations which will not burn the rules no matter what but rather will fight for their common interest.

“We are by this appealing to the Food and Deugs Authority (FDA) to intensify operations to prevent fake and unauthorized drugs into the market.

On his part, the interim President of the Ghana Diabetes Association, Mr. Stephen Quaye Cofie said the judgement is a welcoming news for FDA, Ministry of Health and the Ghana Diabetes Association because these organizations have been battling the menace fake diabetes drugs in the system.

It would be recalled that in November 26, 2021, the then President of the Ghana Diabetes Association (complainant) Mrs. Elizabeth Esi Denyoh reported the matter to police about frequent
request for a diabetes drug known as ‘insured’ which is not registered by the Food and Drug Authority (FDA).

The police on November 26,2021, arrested Mary Alemina, businesswoman and George Asante, marketer at Adentan in the Greater Accra Region for unauthorized sale and unregistered distribution of some drugs purported to be cure for diabetic patients.

The accused persons were therefore charged with 12 counts ranging from conspiracy to commit unauthorised sale and distribution of unregistered drugs: contrary to sections 23(1) of the criminal offences ACT 1960 (ACT 29) and 118(1) of the Public Health Act 2012 (ACT 851), unauthorised sales and distribution of unregistered drug: contrary to section 118(1) of the Public Health Act 2012 (ACT 851), unauthourised sale and distribution of unregistered drug: contrary to section 118(1) of the Public Health Act 2012 (ACT 851), unauthourised sale and distribution of unregistered drug: contrary to section 118(1) of the Public Health Act 2012 (ACT 851) and unauthourised sale and distribution of unregistered drug: contrary to section 118(1) of the Public Health Act 2012 (ACT 851).

The rest are unauthourised sale and distribution of unregistered drug: contrary to section 118(1) of the Public Health Act 2012 (ACT 851), unauthourised sale and distribution of unregistered drug: contrary to section 118(3) of the Public Health Act 2012 (ACT 851), unauthourised sale and distribution of unregistered drug: contrary to section 118(1) of the Public Health Act 2012 (ACT 851), unauthourised sale and distribution of unregistered drug: contrary to section 118(1) of the Public Health Act 2012 (ACT 851), unauthourised sale and distribution of unregistered drug: contrary to Section 118(1) of the Public Health Act 2012 (ACT 851) and unauthourised sale and distribution of unregistered drug: contrary to Section 118(1) of the Public Health Act 2012 (ACT 851).

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