By Genalyn Kabiling
The government will continue to run after groups behind the sale of counterfeit medicines after a United Nations (UN) report expressed concern about the alleged prevalence of fake drugs in the country.
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) remains “strict” in the campaign against the counterfeit medicines in the country.
“What I know is the FDA is very strict on that. We prosecute people who are behind those fake medicines,” Panelo said in a Palace press briefing.
Panelo made the remarks after the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) 2019 reportedly described the Philippines as a hotspot for knockoff drugs. From 2014 to 2017, fake medicines coming mostly from Pakistan, India, and China reportedly entered the Philippines through illegal trade.
Senator Ralph Recto has filed a resolution seeking an investigation into the alleged presence of counterfeit drugs in the country, calling the problem as “a large-scale swindle of the cruelest kind.”
Recto also urged the government to run after those behind the misbranded and fake medicines that entered the local market.