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Government to run after those behind sale of counterfeit medicines — Palace

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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 (OPS / MANILA BULLETIN)

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo
(OPS / MANILA BULLETIN)

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.

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