The Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in collaboration with other security agencies at the Ganta border in Nimba County on Friday, August 28, seized a huge consignment of medicines from a truck belonging to a Guinean identified as Suah Bility.The consignment was immediately turned over to the Liberia Medical and Dentist Council (LMDC), who has sole responsibility to scrutinize any medical-related supplies to determine whether the items are counterfeits or not.At the turning over, the Regional Director of the LMDC, Joseph Coleman, described all of the drugs as “counterfeits.”The ‘counterfeit drugs’, Director Coleman said, lacked many things, including trademarks, manufacture dates, and expiration dates, etc.“Besides the Roberts International Airport and Freeport of Monrovia, drugs entering through any other port of entry will be checked or validated,” he said.Mr. Coleman said before any drug enters the country, the importer has to present a document that will give the name of the pharmaceutical company that manufactured them, whether the company is accredited by legitimate government or authority to manufacture such items or whether such medicial items are also accredited by the World Health Organization (WHO).He continued, “If it is done, sample of the drugs will be sent to the Liberia Medical Board for testing before the decision to allow or not to allow such product is taken by Ministry of Health.”He said it is only at the two locations (RIA/Freeport) that the necessary equipment to test drugs, but said drugs entering outside of these two facilities are considered counterfeits or contrabands.“Liberia has equipment that can check all medical drugs entering the country and these equipment will establish the quality, the country in which the drugs were produced, and the trade marks as well as the pharmaceutical company that produced the drugs,” he added.“If we find out that the drugs are not valuable for human comsuption or has any side effect on patients, we will be able to trace the manufacturer, but in the case of these drugs, we do not have documentation to trace if they cause any harm,” he explained.The drugs seized included, tablets of various kinds, eye drops, suspensions of all kinds, cough candies, etc.The owners of the drugs were not present during the press conference.However, the consignment was turned over to Mr. Coleman, who later loaded them onboard a Health Ministry pickup for delivery in Monrovia.Some residents meanwhile expressed reservations as to why the seized drugs should leave Nimba County for Monrovia under the guise of investigation when the alleged crime was committed in the county.In reaction, Mr. Coleman said to charge those allegedly connected to the importation of the drugs is the responsibility of the security, not the MOH.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD, Iraq – A car bomb exploded Tuesday on a street packed with shoppers in a Shiite area of Baghdad, killing 22 people and wounding 28, police said. It was the deadliest bomb attack in the Iraqi capital in a month. Terrified children screamed and several women wailed for their dead, crying, “the terrorists, may God punish them.” Shattered bits of fruits and vegetables from vendors’ pushcarts lay scattered on the street amid pools of blood. At least eight other people were killed and more than 30 injured Tuesday in bombings and shootings elsewhere in Baghdad and in attacks on beauty parlors and liquor stores – symbols of Western influence – in Baqouba northeast of the capital. The car bombing occurred shortly before 5 p.m. in a Shiite corner of Dora, a predominantly Sunni Arab district of Baghdad and one of the most dangerous parts of the city – rocked almost daily by bombings, ambushes and assassinations. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Police Maj. Gen. Mahdi al-Gharawi said the bomb was detonated by remote control and that an Iraqi suspected of triggering the device had been arrested. Claims of early arrests in bombing cases often prove premature. Another policeman, 1st Lt. Maitham Abdul-Razaq, said the blast apparently was aimed at a police patrol but missed its target, killing and maiming shoppers strolling with their families along a street lined with appliance shops and fruit and vegetable stalls. It was the deadliest bombing in Baghdad since Jan. 19, when a suicide attacker blew himself up in a coffee shop, killing 22 people and injuring 23. The Dora bombing was the second major attack in two days against a Shiite target in the capital. Twelve people died Monday when a suicide bomber detonated an explosives belt on a bus in the heavily Shiite district of Kazimiyah. At least 969 Iraqis have been killed in war-related violence this year and at least 986 have been wounded, according to an Associated Press count.