Former UCC Lecturer Develops Drug for Treating Diabetes Complications

A former lecturer of the Department of Chemistry, Dr. Owusu Akyiaw Bempah, has developed a drug known as Fenomin Tablets for treating diabetes complications.

Dr. Bempah, explained that the tablets were a formulation of vitamin B1, B2 and B5 capable of preventing complications affecting all organs in type 2 diabetes mellitus patients. Other ingredients of the tablets he mentioned were dicalcium phosphate, cellulose, silica, magnesium stearate.

He indicated that the tablets have been approved by the Food and Drugs Authority of Ghana and was available in pharmaceutical shops in the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe.

Treatment of Diabetes Complications

Dr. Akyiaw was speaking at the School of Physical Sciences Seminar Series on the topic “The Cause, Cure and Prevention of Diabetes Complications. According to him, some medical doctors were of the view that diabetes was caused by high blood glucose level and therefore, there was no cure for it. Dr. Akyiaw said reducing the risk of diabetes complication was essential because the disease could affect vital organs in the body such as the heart, brain, liver, and kidney. He said diabetes could cause painful sores on the skin and in the gum.

Give African Scientist Opportunity to Prove their Worth

The Dean of the School of Physical Sciences, Prof. David K. Essumang, who chaired the lecture commended Dr. Akyiaw for coming out with the tablets. “We need to encourage our own scientists who have developed medications to treat diseases which are known to have no cure because it is only through this means that we can confirm that the medicines are potent. Our scientists, if given the opportunity can be of great service to the world” he noted.