By Analou De Vera
The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday warned the public against buying unregistered drug products on online shopping platforms.
“We advise the public that you have to buy your medicines from the legitimate drug store… Yung nagbebenta thru online dapat may authority coming from FDA (Food and Drug Administration) (Those who are selling online must have an authorization coming from the FDA),” said Health Assistant Secretary Atty. Charade Grande at a media forum in Dagupan, Pangasinan.
“So yung walang authority coming from the FDA na nagbebenta ng medicines hindi po nasisigurado ang kanilang efficacy at quality ng gamot na ito (We cannot assure the efficacy and quality of medicines sold on the market that are not approved by the FDA),” she added.
Grande also reminded online shopping platforms to prohibit the selling of unregistered products on their websites.
“At the end of the day, you have to ensure that (the public) is buying your product from a legitimate drugstore or with legitimate authority or license to sell from FDA,” she said.
Grande also reminded licensed drugstores and pharmacies to secure a permit before they offer their products online.
“Pharmacies should get a license for online ordering so people can order medicines from them online. But it’s for pick up and not for delivery,” she said.