The Department of Health (DOH) has warned the public against unregistered medical devices that are being sold in online shops.
This includes wound dressing and gauze without a certificate of product registration (CPR) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
DOH Health Regulation Team Assistant Secretary Atty. Charade Mercado-Grande has advised that the public should verify they are buying from a legitimate medical supplier or pharmacy when buying medical supplies, devices, and medicines.
Grande also said that pharmacies should also get a license for online ordering.
“Pharmacies should get license for online ordering so people can order medicines from them online [but] it’s for pick-up and not for delivery,” she said.
The FDA already released an advisory to the public to refrain from buying unregistered medical devices online.
“Pursuant to the Republic Act No. 9711, otherwise known as the “Food and Drug Administration Act of 2009”, the manufacture, importation, exportation, sale, offering for sale, distribution, transfer, non-consumer use, promotion, advertising or sponsorship of health products without the proper authorization is prohibited,” the advisory reads.
The FDA assures violators will face regulatory actions and sanctions.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
MANILA, Philippines – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday warned the public against using and lighting candles with metal wicks this Undas season as these may pose a threat to one’s health.
FDA Officer-in-Charge and Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo said candles with metal wicks and those that are sold in canisters contain lead which poses health hazards, including neurological damage, intellectual disabilities in children and hormonal disruption, when inhaled as vapors.
“Iyong lead kasi kapag nalalanghap natin iyan pwedeng maging cause ng sakit iyan particularly iyong mga neurological illness,” Domingo said.
“So, ito iyong warning natin sa ating mga kababayan na tingnan nilang mbuti iyong binibili nilang kandila,” he added.
The health official said the FDA has been warning against the dangers of inhaling lead emissions as well as using products that are coated with lead.
“Iyong accumulation in the body causes, kapag iniinhale natin, pagtagal ng ginagamit natin nagkaka-cause ng neurological problems. Iyong hilo mostly sa amoy iyon or sa additives or kung mayrong allergy doon sa producta na sinusunog pero mas nakakatakot talaga iyong lead content,” Domingo said.
The World Health Organization previously cautioned that exposure to lead affects human health and could cause lifelong health problems. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Aiko Miguel)
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The FDA has warned establishments against selling these products.
“All concerned establishments are warned not to distribute violative food products until they have been issued the appropriate authorization, a License to Operate (LTO) for the establishment, and a CPR for the food products,” according to the FDA.
They also advised the public to always check if a food product or food supplement is registered with the FDA through their website (www.fda.gov.ph).—AAC
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