One good news for the local pharmaceutical companies is that, the Akufo-Addo government has banned with immediate effect, the importation of some 49 drugs into the country.
Notable names of medicines on the list include: aluminium hydroxide or magnesium trisilicate suspension, amoxicillin capsules and suspension, aspirin or caffeine tablet, folic acid tablet, cetirizine tablet, co-trimoxazole tablet, diclofenac tablet, magnesium trisilicate suspension and tablet and oral rehydration salt (ORS).
Others are: Paracetamol syrup, Paracetamol tablet, Paracetamol or codeine tablet, simple linctus syrup, vitamin B complex tablet and multivitamin tablets (vitamins A acetate, B1, B2, B12, D3, nicotinimie, calcium pantothenate), Ibrufen tablet and cough mixture that contains carbocisteine diphengydramine, gualfenesin or ammonium chloride as a single ingredient.
This will be a major boost for the local manufacturers to fill this huge gap and demands. By this directive, the FDA has been instructed not to accept any new application for this restricted drug list.
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