PNP LAUNCHES CRACKDOWN VS BLACK MARKET RETAILERS OF COVID DRUGS, ESSENTIAL MEDICINES

PNP LAUNCHES CRACKDOWN VS BLACK MARKET RETAILERS OF COVID DRUGS, ESSENTIAL MEDICINES

By Arwen Pascua

MANILA — On orders of President Rodrigo R Duterte, the operating units of the Philippine National Police were mobilized to identify and arrest unscrupulous traders engaged in hoarding and black-market retailing of COVID-19 prescription drugs and other medicines.

The crackdown includes the owner of the store and sales representatives involved in the transactions.

“Selling these drugs outside the legitimate pharmacies can really be dangerous to the public. The Food and Drug Administration has already appealed to only buy medicines from FDA-approved outlets,” PNP Chief General Dionardo Carlos said.

“Violators will face appropriate criminal charges according to existing FDA regulations as further aggravated by violations of law under a state of national health emergency,” the Chief PNP warned.

Carlos said the PNP will investigate how people are being convinced to patronize these products coming from dubious entities that cannot present proof of business registration and permit to sell of regulated products.

It is imperative, too, that the PNP coordinates with other government agencies to find out up to what extent are these items sold at cheaper prices compared to those in legitimate outlets, he added. (ai/mtvn)

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