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I’m a victim of political witch-hunting - Tobinco boss

"The Chief Executive Officer of Ghanaian-based pharmaceutical company, Tobinco Pharmaceuticals, Samuel Tobin, has attributed the brouhaha that occurred between his company "

Source: Starrfmonline.com

Posted on : Mon 04 Aug 2014

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The Chief Executive Officer of Ghanaian-based pharmaceutical company, Tobinco Pharmaceuticals, Samuel Tobin, has attributed the brouhaha that occurred between his company and Ghana’s Food and Drugs Authority last year to his perceived support for the main opposition party.

In what appears to be his first public pronouncement after the incident, Dr. Tobin alleged that the former Chief Executive of the FDA, Dr. Stephen Opuni, threatened to destroy his company after the 2012 flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Akufo-Addo and his entourage had visited his branch of the Church of Pentecost in Accra for a thanksgiving service, after the country’s Supreme Court ruling on the disputed 2012 presidential polls.

“I had an invitation from Dr. Opuni days after Nana Addo and his entourage had visited our church. In the presence of two other employees of mine and his management members in his office, he struck his chest and told me in the face that he will bring me down. He told me he will destroy me like he had done to some other indigenous herbal based drug manufacturers,” he alleged, adding that: “they even forced me to accept before the BNI that my drugs are fake.”

Speaking at the mid-year conference of the Mens’ Fellowship of the Church of Pentecost in Kumasi in the Ashanti region on Saturday, the Tobinco boss said the episode was a clear indication that some workers at the FDA are against the success of local businessman.

The pharmaceutical company was last year embroiled in a media war with the regulator over the importation of what the latter described as substandard and unregistered drugs.

The FDA destroyed some two-40-feet containers of expired products imported into the country by Tobinco.

According to the Authority, the items, which include 400,000 bottles of Anti-Malaria drugs, 27,000 bottles of another anti-malaria drug and 150-1300 packs of anti-fungal drugs, were substandard.

The murky situation compelled the Health Committee in Ghana’s Parliament to intervene.

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