Stronger Bilateral Ties. Honorable Zhou Youbin, Consul and Head of Post, Consulate of the People’s Republic of China in Laoag City, in his keynote message during the June 10 Filipino – Chinese Friendship Day celebration at the Botanical Garden congratulates the City Government and the Baguio Filipino Chinese Community for showing a strong partnership that showcases the good relationship between China and the Philippines. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Women personnel of the Philippine National Police joins the Independence Day parade in Baguio City. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

PRO - Cor Regional Director P/BGen. Israel Ephraim Dickson, in his keynote message during the City of Government Baguio led Independence Day 2019 celebration calls for bravery and unity in ensuring peaceful and progressive communities to live in, especially for the younger generations. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Convergence for peace and development. Officials from the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTC - ELCAC) headed by Cabinet Officer for Regional Development (CORD) for Cordillera and Department of Budget and management OIC Undersecretary Janet Abuel and National Security Adviser Deputy Director General Rufino Lopez Jr. and Cordillera Regional Development Council members affirm their partnership and convergence in pushing for peaceful and progressive communities. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Filipino - Chinese Friendship Day. Student performers showcases Cordillera culture during the June 10 Filipino – Chinese Friendship Day celebration at the Botanical Garden that was spearheaded by the City Government and the Baguio Filipino - Chinese community. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Filipino Chinese Friendship Day. A Dragon Dance Performance from students of Chinese Patriotic School opens the 2019 Filipino - Chinese Friendship Day program at the Botanical Garden that was spearheaded by the City Government and the Baguio Filipino - Chinese community. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

SLU Cultural performers in an intermission during the City of Government Baguio led Independence Day 2019 celebration at PFVR Gym. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Balik Pinas, Hanapbuhay. OWWA - CAR officials headed by Regional Director Manuela Peña, during the Migrant Workers Day program at the Benguet Sports Complex June 8, awards P20,000 (each) livelihood assistance check to returning OFWs under their Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay program. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Cordillera FDA heightens drive vs. fake medicines

BAGUIO CITY-- An official of the Food and Drugs Administration in the Cordillera Administrative Region (FDA-CAR) reiterated on Friday a call to the public to only buy medicines from FDA-accredited suppliers and traders.

 

During the Cordillera Regional Law Enforcement Coordinating Council (RLECC) meeting at the Baguio City Police Office, Nadia Navarro of the FDA-CAR said the public could be protected against fake medicines by buying from legitimate suppliers and distributors, as well as licensed pharmacies.

She said counterfeit medicines are substandard, unregistered or falsified.

A substandard medicine has lesser content of active ingredient or below the 80 percent threshold.

An unregistered or unlicensed medicines are those registered and sold abroad but not registered by the FDA, which only happens when the medicines are subjected to tests.

“If we go abroad and we buy medicines and bring them home, they are considered as unregistered or unlicensed. If used for consumption, the FDA will not confiscate them but selling them to the public will mean confiscation for being illegal,” Navarro said.

She said the most common counterfeited medicines include antihypertensive drugs and antibiotics.

Navarro cited Viagra, a medication used to treat erectile dysfunction and pulmonary arterial hypertension, has a high demand among adult men because of its effect on allegedly enhancing sexual performance.

She said Viagra is mainly intended for the heart and its effect on a man’s sexual experience is a mere side effect.

“It is being sold online at a much lower price, which should make a person wary rather than pursuing to buy the product,” Navarro said.

Navarro admitted they do not know the extent of the problem regarding the counterfeiting of medicines.

"Counterfeiting of medicines is a lucrative activity but poses high risks to people," she said, adding that the FDA has a problem of identifying which is fake and authentic drugs, where and who produces them, which could also involve a syndicate or fly-by-night operators.

“Counterfeit medicines are not effective, may contain harmful ingredients, may worsen a disease or cause another disease. It may also cause drug resistance and even death,” Navarro said.

She also urged the public to report to the FDA or the police any suspected counterfeit medicines and make sure to keep the suspected fake product bought for comparison.

Aside from medicines, Navarro said the FDA also issues advisories about food products, which have been banned in the Philippine market. (PNA)

By Liza Agoot

 

Baguio

Benguet

  • PRO-COR confers proficiency awards to 35 police units

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, June 13 (PIA) - - The Police Regional Office – Cordillera (PRO-COR) conferred  Proficiency awards to 35  police units in three provinces  in the Cordillera on Monday, June 10 at  Camp  Bado Dangwa here.

  • La Trinidad celebrates 69th Foundation Day

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, June 10 (PIA) --This capital town is set to celebrate its 69th Foundation Day on June 14 with indigenous rituals and recognition of its outstanding citizens. 

  • Itogon LGU conducts IEC on disaster preparedness in barangays

    ITOGON, Benguet, June 10 (PIA) -- The municipal government here is set to conduct a massive and intensive information education and communication (IEC) campaign on disaster preparations and readiness in the different barangays with the upcoming rainy season.

  • La Trinidad celebrates 69th Foundation Day

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, June 10 (PIA) --This capital town is set to celebrate its 69th Foundation Day on June 14 with indigenous rituals and recognition of its outstanding citizens. 

  • OWWA leads Migrant Workers Day

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, June 7(PIA) - - Around 500 Overseas Filipino Workers, OFW Family Circles and their dependents are expected to join this year’s celebration of Migrant Workers Day this Saturday, June 8.

Mt. Province

  • RNET-CAR conducts M&E using new tool

    BONTOC,  Mountain Province, June 3 (PIA)- -The National Nutrition Council (NNC) and the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) in the region  are currently   conducting   nutrition monitoring and evaluation (M &E) activity using the new and revised nutrition evaluation tool  dubbed Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation Protocol (MELLPI-Pro).

  • Sagada folks ask “where’s the 36M Boasaw waters”

    SAGADA, Mountain Province – “Where’s the Boasaw waters” is a much questioned issue during Sagada’s synchronized political rallies especially here at the Poblacion area.

  • CSC awards posthumous award to police officer

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, May 13 (PIA) -- The Civil Service Commission (CSC) Cordillera Regional Director  Marilyn E. Taldo awarded the posthumous Pamanang Lingkod Bayani (PLBi) to the family of the late Police Officer II Henry T. Dion in recognition of his dedication, selflessness and sacrifice in the performance of his duties during Monday's  flag raising ceremony  held at the Provincial Plaza here. 

  • DTI confers Bagwis Award to 7 business establishments in Mt. Province

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, May 13 (PIA) -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) conferred the Bagwis Bronze Award to seven business establishments in the province. 

  • Mountain Province remains peaceful

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, April 15 (PIA) -- Governor Bonifacio Lacwasan Jr. assured residents and tourists that the province is peaceful and orderly amid the recent firefights.

IFUGAO

  • DTI launches 'Negosyo sa Barangay' in Ifugao

    LAMUT, Ifugao, June 10 (PIA) - - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in the province launched Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay (NSB) last week  in this municipality.

  • Ifugao LGU provides incentives to 27 nonagenarians

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, June 13 (PIA) - - Twenty seven nonagenarians here received incentives from the local government unit (LGU) in recognition for their long lives.

  • Ifugao MPS initiates fund raising event for ailing boy

    HUNGDUAN, Ifugao, June 7 (PIA) - - The Municipal Police Station (MPS) here has initiated   “run for a cause”   to help the family of an ailing boy for his medication.

  • PNP – Ifugao all set for opening of classes

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, June 3 (PIA) - - Members of the Philippine National Police in the province are ready for the opening of classes on Monday, June 3, the acting provincial director assured.

  • IFSU strengthens international ties with Taiwan's NCCU

    LAMUT, Ifugao, June 3 (PIA) - - The lone state  university in the province  here is strengthening its international linkages for academic cooperation and research collaborations with  foreign universities towards the fulfilment  of its vision  of a globally recognized University upholding excellence amidst rich cultural heritage.

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