COA Research and Manufacturing Company Limited has launched COA Mixture and inaugurated an ultra-modern factory at Wusorkrom in Abura Asebu Kwamankese District in the Central Region.
“On September 10, 2020, the Food and Drugs Authourity (FDA) gave us market authorization to market COA FS as COA Mixture since it is no more registered as food supplement but as herbal medicine for general well-being with the same ingredients” Prof. Samuel Ato Duncan, Chief Executive Officer of COA Research and Manufacturing Company Limited said.
He explained that the company has put in measures for effective and efficient delivery of products and services.
He mentioned building of new structures to facelift the old factory to international standards, purchasing and installing new automated equipment to reduce human contact and also to improve quality as some of the measures.
Others, he pointed out are installation of security structures to prevent possible contamination, training of staff by FDA among others.
He recalled that on April 8, 2020, the company received a letter from FDA dated March 31, 2010 and hinted that “some of our products on the market were contaminated. Subsequently, the FDA ordered a recall of all our products on the market”.
“The center quickly recalled and registered all products received from the market with the market value of GHc1, 680,000.00 and with the help of FDA destroyed these products; because of safety and quality of our products is paramount and strict adherence to regulatory guidelines, we started working with FDA to put all corrective measure in place to prevent future occurrences of possible contamination” he added.
“Today’s event is the third launching since the inception of COA products, which was previously COA FS and now COA Mixture improved” Prof. Duncan added.
Freddie Blay, Chairman for the programme noted that the herbal industry, plays a significant role in health care delivery.
“Without it many Ghanaians would not be able to access health care but much has not been done to make the product available to the international level” he said.
He urged herbal medicine producers to do their best to be able to meet standard at the international level; with the export of these medicines the economy of the country will grow.
He congratulated management and staff of the company for a great job and challenged theme to make COA Mixture a household name all over the world.
Nana Dr. Appiagyei Dankawoso I, President of the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GNCCI) suggested that COA, could offer students opportunities to learn at the research center.
He said herbal practitioners have various potentials; “with the space set up by COA, this will be replicated across Africa”.
He entreated management and staff to adhere to all the rules governing herbal medicine and that GNCCI is committed to promoting the interest of businesses in the country.
Thomas Agyei Baffoe, Deputy Central Regional Minister charged COA to abide by all the rules and regulations from FDA to be able to get to the international level.