Public warned vs. fake meds
CEBU CITY - The Food and Drugs Administration ( FDA) has warned the public against fake medicines following the recent seizure of about two dozen counterfeit products in Central Visayas.
Sarah Oriol, of the FDA, said the public should be aware of the medicines they buy, adding, that 12 pharmacies have been padlocked since February up to September due to counterfeit drugs, among others violations.
Of the 1,654 drugstores in the region, she said only 1,212 are licensed by FDA with 238 in Cebu City North; 248 in Cebu City South; 483 in Cebu towns; 135 in Mandaue City and 108 in Lapu-Lapu City.
Oriol urged the public to report to authorities any drug store or persons selling fake drugs.
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