THE management of Abyak Pharmacy Limited in Kumasi has stated that Piroxicam capsules USP 20mg used for the treatment of arthritis is a safe drug with certification from the Food and Drugs Board (FDB).
Reacting to a story in the Daily Graphic of Tuesday, February 17, 2009, headed "Clear fake drugs from market", the Managing Director of the company, Mr William Mensah, said his company went through all the legal processes for the distribution of the drugs.
According to him, the FDB had given temporary certification for the sale of the drug in the country and that very soon the final certification would be issued.
In the Daily Graphic story, a resident of Kumasi had complained that some Piroxicam capsules which he bought in Kumasi did not have an FDB registered number.
Abyak Pharmacy is Ghana's sole agent for the distribution of the drug, manufactured by XL Laboratories Pvt. Ltd of India, a company described by the FDB as one of the most credible pharmaceutical companies in the world.
The drug has been in many pharmacies and drug stores in Kumasi and its environs in recent times and it is on the prescription list of the Ghana Health Service.