FDA taps PNP vs fake drugs

The Philippine Star - - NEWS -

The Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion ( FDA) and the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) have joined forces to com­bat the pro­lif­er­a­tion of coun­ter­feit, un­reg­is­tered, adul­ter­ated and mis­branded drugs, food, cos­met­ics and health prod­ucts in the mar­ket.

Ac­cord­ing to FDA di­rec­tor gen­eral Nela Cha­rade Puno, the first batch of 111 FDA and PNP per­son­nel have com­pleted the two agen­cies’ en­force­ment train­ing to en­able them to pro­tect con­sumers from these il­le­gal prod­ucts.

“I am ex­cited with the pow­er­ful syn­ergy that I ex­pect to be formed be­tween the FDA and the PNP, as they pro­vide ad­di­tional law en­force­ment mus­cle in the FDA’s cam­paign against the pro­lif­er­a­tion of il­le­gal drugs and sub­stances and fake, un­reg­is­tered health prod­ucts,” she said.

Ac­cord­ing to Puno, FDA reg­u­lates more than a quar­ter of the Philip­pine econ­omy that deals with crit­i­cal food and drug safety. “We are man­dated by law to en­sure that only pure, safe, ef­fi­ca­cious and good qual­ity drugs, food, cos­met­ics and health prod­ucts and de­vices are made avail­able to the pub­lic,” she said.

Puno said the “cur­rent pro­lif­er­a­tion of coun­ter­feit, un­reg­is­tered, adul­ter­ated and mis­branded health prod­ucts in the mar­ket pose dan­ger to life, health and safety of the pub­lic.”

“This is clearly con­trary to the Con­sti­tu­tion which states that it is the pol­icy of the state to pro­tect and pro­mote the right to health of the peo­ple and in­still health con­scious­ness among them,” she added.

Puno said this is the rea­son the FDA pur­sued the “strate­gic team-up” with the PNP.

“This task force aims to give the one-two-three punch that will knock out the syn­di­cates who are ply­ing their crim­i­nal trade to an un­sus­pect­ing pub­lic,” she added.

Among the top­ics cov­ered in the train­ing were the FDA Act of 2009, the Spe­cial Law on Coun­ter­feit Drugs, Gener­ics Act, Phar­macy Law, Food Safety Act, Milk Code and the Cheaper Medicine Law.

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