FDA alarmed on selling of medicines online
posted 26-Jun-2019  ·  
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MANILA (PIA) -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns the public about significant risks on the growing sales of medicines in the internet.

“Unlike other consumer products purchased over the internet, medicines have the potential to cause serious side effects and health problems if not used and stored properly. It is important to seek medical advice from doctor or pharmacist before taking medicines,” the FDA advisory states.

The FDA stressed that buying medicines over the internet can pose serious health risk.

“You will never know what exactly you are getting. Even if the medicines bought online looks the same; there is no guarantee that it is genuine. A medicine bought online may contain no active ingredient; too much or too little of active ingredients which may result to your condition not being treated correctly.”

The FDA added that medicines sold on the internet may not be properly stored in accordance with its appropriate storage conditions.

FDA noted that online selling of medicines is not permitted pursuant to existing laws, rules and regulations. Currently, FDA only allows online ordering services provided that the seller has an existing FDA-licensed Pharmacy or Botika with physical address. Online ordering services are additional activities of a Pharmacy or Botika subject for approval of FDA.

The administration recommends the purchase of medicines from licensed pharmacies and to seek help from licensed pharmacist on the proper and safe use of medicines.

FDA encourages the public to report continuous unauthorized sale or distribution of drug products thru email at report@fda.gov.ph or through the online reporting facility, eREPORT, at www.fda.gov.ph/ereport. The public is also encouraged to call FDA’s Center for Drug Regulation and Research at (02) 809-5596. (PIA InfoComm)

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