Public warned anew on meds, cosmetics-A A +A
Monday, October 14, 2013
THE Food and Drug Administration of the Department of Health (DOH-FDA) warned the public anew against the proliferation of unregistered medicines and cosmetic products as the nation observes Consumer Welfare Month (CWM) this October,
DOH-Cordillera FDA officer Saturnina Pandosen, in a media forum, said this year's CWM adopts the theme, "Health Product Quality, Efficacy, Safety & Transparency - Everybody's Concern," to increase public awareness on buying only quality and registered medicines.
It is also aimed to make the public vigilant of other unregistered products that are currently proliferating in the market.
Pandosen warned the public against medicines that have English name or brand but have many foreign markings and no English translation.
"A medicine, even if it has known brand or if it has many foreign markings and no English translation in its label or packaging is suspected to be counterfeit," she said.
Pandosen advised the public to buy their medicinal needs only from legitimate drugstores and pharmacies.
A mandate of the DOH through FDA to monitor cosmetic products, Pandosen advised the public to buy only from known or reliable establishments that can be made liable if certain product results to adverse effect.
Pandosen reiterated FDA's consumer information warning for the public to be wary of unregistered drugs, medical devices or cosmetics that are illegally imported or locally manufactured that are being distributed and offered for wholesale or retail.
These products from unknown sources accordingly pose doubts on their safety, efficacy and quality.
Republic Act 3720 as amended by Executive Order 175 or the Food, Drugs and Devices and Cosmetics Act, Republic Act 7394 or the Consumer Act of the Philippines strictly prohibits the manufacture, importation/exportation, sale, distribution, or transfer of any drug or device not registered with the BFAD.
The DOH leads this year’s Consumer Welfare Month celebration. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 15, 2013.