THE consuming public is made aware by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) of fake Naproxen Sodium (Flanax Forte) 550mg.

In order to detect a fake Flanax Forte 550mg, FDA said the coding area of the product box where the manufacturing date and expiration date should have “unvarnished area” and the print details are darker and much more defined.

Aside from that, the supplier’s printing code and the date of printing should be visible on the medicine box.

However, for the consumers who already do not have access of the box and only of the individual pills, FDA said consumers should make sure that the bought Flanax Forte 550mg is oval in shape and seemingly portray that of an egg’s shape.

The color should also be a well-distributed blue as compared to the fake medicine pill that has a lighter blue and the color does not cover well the entire pill.

Healthcare professionals and the public are warned against purchase, use, and selling of these fake Flanax products and to be extra cautious.

As the product is fake, it has not undergone the proper testing of FDA and therefore might pose health risks to the consumers.

The monitoring of the fake Naproxen Sodium was made by FDA and Marketing Authorization Holder, Taisho Pharmaceuticals Philippines, Incorporated.

Import, selling, and distribution of fake drugs and medicines is against Republic Act No. 9711 also known as the Food and Drug Administration Act of 2009 and Republic Act No. 8203 or the Special Law on Counterfeit Drugs.

Anyone caught engaging in this illegal act may be subject for penalties stated under these laws. (JPA)