Food and Drug administration warns vs expiring medicine-A A +A
Sunday, August 25, 2013
THE Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns against possibilities of overlooking the expiration dates of donated medicines in evacuation centers.
According to FDA, they are anxious over the possibilities of having donated medicines that are already expired or nearing expiration.
“If possible, donations to flood victims and those in the evacuation centers should not be near expiration date, otherwise donors should properly advise health workers, who will be administering the donated medicines,” noted the FDA.
Also, the health agency advised medicine donors to retain original commercial presentation or package of the products.
“This is to ensure proper monitoring, reporting and investigation of possible adverse drug reactions and adverse events,” FDA said.
Last week, majority of Luzon was battered by the storm-enhanced monsoon rain resulting in massive flooding and forcing many to evacuate from their homes by wading or swimming in flood waters. Those in evacuation centers and flood-affected areas need medicine, aside from relief goods.
On the other hand, FDA is urging drug outlets to refrain from increasing their product prices amid the strong demand for medicine.
“All establishments, including drug outlets, are hereby advised not to take advantage of the increase in demand by increasing their prices,” said FDA.
FDA said demands are expected to increase among antibiotics, pain relievers, anti-pyretics or anti-fever drugs, oral rehydration solution, cough reliefs, and skin ointments. (HDT/Sunnex)