By Analou de Vera
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned the public against the use of unregistered medicinal herbal products that claim to heal diseases such as cancer.
“It is the mandate of the FDA and its responsibility to the public to stop the sale of such unregistered products, particularly those that are claimed to have healing properties for diseases such as cancer,” said FDA director-general Nela Charade Puno.
Puno reiterated that the sale of unregistered health products is illegal and may pose serious health risk to its users.
“The claim that these supposed health products are natural and herbal does not automatically guarantee safety and efficacy,” Puno said.
“That is the reason for the strict product certification process of the FDA– to ensure that those who use these products obtain the benefits claimed by such products,” she added.
Recently, the FDA ordered Dr. Farrah Agustin Bunch Natural Medical Center in Tarlac to be closed down for allegedly selling unregistered supplements. The wellness center is known catering to cancer patients.