President Rodrigo Duterte has called to the Philippine National Police for the arrest of manufacturers and sellers of counterfeit medicinal drugs, particularly fake paracetamol tablets.
The directive came after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned the public against fake Biogesic tablets.
“President Duterte has ordered the PNP chief to arrest all persons who manufacture, import, distribute, sell, administer fake drugs,” Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said.
According to Panelo, those arrested would be “charged with economic sabotage because those acts undermine not only the economy because it will affect the law of supply and demand and affect the prices, but it also threatens the security of the nation because it endangers the vast health of our people.”
United Laboratories Inc. or Unilab, the marketing authorization holder for Biogesic, has reportedly verified the presence of fake Biogesic tablets in the market.
Unilab said that these counterfeit drugs appear brighter or paler than usual and are placed in significantly different packages.