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Enforcement: Seizure of counterfeit medicines after local FDA warning

Enforcement: Seizure of counterfeit medicines after local FDA warning

December 30th 2014 - www.gmanetwork.com

December 12th 2014 - www.congress.gov.ph

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) seized 660 Kg of counterfeit medicines worth tens of thousands American dollars. The shipment, sent from Pakistan, contained various medicines such as vascular disease treatments, diabetes drugs or abdominal pain medicines.
This seizure illustrates the surge of counterfeit pharmaceutical products in the Philippines, where the national Food and Drug Administration reported that almost ten percent of medicines available in the country are considered fake, warning the public “to be cautious when buying medical products; counterfeit and fake drugs continue to be distributed despite the efforts from the authorities to eliminate these illegal activities”.