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ANNOUNCEMENT 

Postponement of the Conduct of The Licensing Seminar on A.O.34 For Drugstores and Outlets

Please be informed that the conduct of the Licensing Seminar on A.O. 34 for Drugstores and Outlets on 13 December 2017 and 19 December 2017, is POSTPONED and moved to FIRST QUARTER OF 2018

FDA WARNS VS FAKE PRODUCTS

CEBU CITY - The head of the government agency tasked with ensuring the safety, quality and efficacy of food, medicines, cosmetics and medical devices has asked the public anew to be more conscious about buying and taking counterfeit products citing its health risks.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director Nela Charade Puno said that counterfeit products may be contaminated or contain the wrong or no active ingredient.
"They could also have the right active ingredient but at the wrong dose. Counterfeit food, drugs and cosmetics are illegal and may be harmful to your health," Puno explained.
Puno said that the FDA received reports that unscrupulous traders are flooding the local market with unregistered and untested food, drugs and other pharmaceutical products.
She advised the public not to buy these products from establishments or on-line stores operating without the necessary government permits.
"Consumers must be vigilant in buying these food and other health products. Purchase only from government licensed pharmacies and make sure that they have the Certificate of Product Registration (CPR) from the FDA," Puno said.
Puno added that in order to combat counterfeit food, drug and cosmetic products, the FDA is working with other state agencies like the Philippine National Police, local government units and the private sector to help protect the nation's food and drug supply from the threat of counterfeits.
Last year the FDA signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Philippine National Police (PNP) which organized the FDA-PNP Task Force D-PUNCH or Destroying Products Unfit for Human Consumption.

She urged the public to report to the FDA Task Force headed by retired General Allen Bantolo, suspected counterfeit products.
The FDA REU recently seized unregistered health products and compounding equipment approximately worth more than P10 million and shut down a Mandaue-Cebu based pharmacy and mini-laboratory as it stepped up its campaign against counterfeit products in the Visayas region.
Seized and confiscated were several boxes of Glutathione, vitamin c in powder form, Bio-C, Immuno Factor and minerals tablets and other additives/components for manufacturing injectable health products.
Assorted packaging materials, labeling materials, equipment used in manufacturing health products, computers, and receipts of sales transactions were also seized during the raid.
Supervising the Cebu operation were Gen. Bantolo and Atty. Guillermo G Danipog, Jr., with PNP-PRO7 led by PSupt. Reynaldo A Magdaluyo.
Puno also acknowledged the support of P/CSUPT Jose Mario Espino, PNP Regional Director of Region VII, for the success of the operation.
An alleged accountant of American Compounding Pharmacy, Inc. was arrested after the latter failed to present a valid license to operate, and for selling unregistered health products.
Under Republic Act 9711 or the Food and Drug Administration Act of 2009, any person caught selling fake medicines will face a 1 to 10 years of imprisonment or a fine of P50,000 to P100,000.

FDA DG Opening Statement

DOH Press Conference

November 16, 2017

Good morning.

I am pleased and honored to join our Secretary of Health, the Honorable Francisco T. Duque III in today’s press conference.

At the outset, I would like to say that Secretary Duque’s acceptance of the health portfolio was well-timed and was a blessing to the FDA. In more ways than one, Secretary Duque’s guidance to, as well as his confidence and trust in the processes and procedures of the FDA, proved to be very valuable as the reevaluation and recertification process came to the homestretch.

For this, I would like to publicly express my gratitude to Secretary Duque on behalf of the scientists and the technical teams of the FDA.

Thank you, Mr. Secretary.

For the FDA’s part, we are happy to have done our part in making sure that the government’s Reproductive Health Program gets back on track.

We are happy that President Duterte has given us his full support in the task of recertifying the contraceptive products covered by a resolution of the Supreme Court.

The President’s trust and confidence enabled us to adhere to the highest standards of scientific and technical testing which, in turn, assures the public that the contraceptives recertified by the FDA are safe and are non-abortifacient.


We thank the President for helping us get our job done and done well.

Thank you everyone.

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