Philippines: Confiscation of Numerous Counterfeit Drugs

In line with the discovery of fake drugs from India, Pakistan and Singapore worth P25 million by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), a suspicious businessman has been arrested.

As the illegal medications were confiscated after surveillance by the NBI, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) identified the pharmaceutical products. The agency approved that the drugs are not registered in the Philippines and do not possess necessary labels for approval.

NBI member, agent Terrence Agustin said the drugs have been discovered in Parañaque City from the possession of 35-year-old suspect Renante Dumasig. "So far, this is the biggest haul in all NBI operations against fake medicines", Agustin points out.

The tablets are identified as Tegral produced by Novartis, Chloromycetin distributed by Parke Davis and Sensorcaine, Lasix, Sanofi-Aventis as well as Plendil manufactured by Astra Zeneca.

The arrested suspect Dumasig has been caught in the act of counting the money he received after a drug deal in a parking lot. Dumasig voluntarily brought the officers to his work place at Sahar International Trading Inc. where the illegal substances were stocked.

NBI and FDA members regard this discovery and arrest as an important step in the fight against counterfeit drugs in the Philippines.