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Pago authorities seize medication from Samoa

Cases of Panadol intercepted at the wharf in Pago Pago.
Source: Samoa Observer

Apia, SAMOA — American Samoa authorities have seized 10 cases of over-the-counter medication that were imported into the American territory from Samoa.

The boxes of panadol were shipped to the American territory on the inter island vessel Lady Naomi, and were immediately impounded as the local authorities said the medication was not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A.).

The American Samoa government’s Director of Health, Motusa Tuileama Nua, confirmed that their Ministry of Health seized 10 cartoons of panadol that were shipped to the territory from Samoa.

“This is illegal we can only allow medication that is imported from America which is F.D.A. approval,” he said in an interview with the Samoa Observer. “And once we turn a blind eye to these things, I will open a floodgate for all Asians to bring in these over-the-counter medication which is not allowed in the territory.”

The shipment of the painkillers was allegedly organised by a local business in the American territory, according to the health official.

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