As Covid19 cases continue to rise while vaccine supply remains short, pharmaceutical company Unilab, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have both issued advisories to the public to avoid fake medicines.
“…Together with the Philippine Food and Drug (FDA) administration and other government authorities, we are doing everything in our power to suppress the proliferation of counterfeit medicines in the country,” the company stated.
Both groups urge the public to only purchase medicine from legitimate sources as counterfeit products may contain contaminants that would result in further disease severity, irreversible damage, or death.
The FDA further mentioned that some indications of a fake Covid19 vaccine can be seen in discrepancies and damage in the packaging of the medicine, as well as visible changes and foreign objects, in solutions to be diluted.
Any information on fake medicine must be directly reported to the FDA or Unilab, via hotlines, email, or social media accounts.
With Covid19 vaccine importation a directive from the national government, the Bureau of Customs has also reiterated the call for vigilance against counterfeit medicine.