Parade and Review. Philippine Military Cadets on a Parade and Review at the Borromeo field, Saturday (Aug. 10) despite the gloomy weather to give honour to the 40th Anniversary of the PMA Host Parent Association. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

TESDA at 25. TESDA - CAR officials headed by Regional Director Manuel Wong with partners from DOLE, DTI and Baguio PESO, in a Kapihan media forum, promotes the scheduled activities for TESDA's 25th Anniversary that will be highlighted by the

PMA Host Parent Assn at 40. PMA Host Parent Association officials headed by chairperson and former Baguio Mayor Mauricio Domogan with Guest of Honor and Speaker Mayor Benjamin Magalong and PMA officials give recognition to their Pioneer members who started the foster a cadet program in 1979, during the t 40th Anniversary of the PMA Host Parent Association, Saturday. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

TESDA at 25. TESDA - CAR Regional Director Manuel Wong and DTI Baguio - Benguet Director Freda Gawisan leads other partners from DOLE and Baguio PESO, in a Kapihan media forum, to promote the scheduled activities for TESDA's 25th Anniversary that will be highlighted by the

Parade and Review. Philippine Military Cadets on a Parade and Review at the Borromeo field, Saturday (Aug. 10) despite the gloomy weather to give honour to the 40th Anniversary of the PMA Host Parent Association. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

TESDA@25. Bartending students from the Baguio City School of Arts and Trade gives a demonstration on wine mixing during the TESDA - CAR led Kapihan media forum for the promotion of the scheduled activities for TESDA's 25th Anniversary that will be highlighted by the

TESDA@25. Bartending students from the Baguio City School of Arts and Trade gives a demonstration on wine mixing during the TESDA - CAR led Kapihan media forum for the promotion of the scheduled activities for TESDA's 25th Anniversary that will be highlighted by the

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

  • Muslims offer to guard churches in Baguio

    BAGUIO CITY—Churchgoers were surprised on Sunday morning when Muslims joined them for a Mass at the Baguio Cathedral, a site popular among residents and tourists.

  • Window hours set for Kennon Road residents only

    BAGUIO CITY, Aug 9 (PIA) -- Despite the closure of Kennon Road, the Cordillera Region Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CRDRRMC) has set window hours to allow residents to pass through the landslide affected area in Barangay Camp 6, Sitio Camp 5 in Tuba, Benguet.

  • PIA develops strategic communications curriculum for PMA

    BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 9 (PIA) -- The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) explored areas of cooperation on developing a curriculum on communication and public information for the Academy.

  • DENR to help LGUs craft, approve implementable solid waste plans

    BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 9 (PIA) -- Local government units in the Cordillera region look forward to having their own approved solid waste management plans (SWMP) or their plans updated and implemented. 

  • DepEd orients key school officials on ALS new curriculum

    BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 9 (PIA) -- A more comprehensive Alternative Learning System that is aligned with the country’s K to 12 Basic Education System and generally aims to provide quality informal education to out  of school youths (OSYs) and adult learners is set for implementation this school year.

Benguet

Mt. Province

  • Healthy mom and baby, cooking contests mark Nutri Month

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Aug. 6(PIA) -- To raise community awareness and to inculcate health and nutrition habits for children at an early age for healthy living, the provincial government conducted Healthy Mother and Child   and cooking contests in celebration of this year’s Nutrition Month.

  • Provincial livelihood program benefits more individuals

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, July 22 (PIA) -- The Provincial Livelihood Program (PLP) of the Provincial Government here continues to provide livelihood assistance to qualified individuals in the province.

  • PCSO, PLGU provide free assistive devices to PWDs in Mt. Province

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, July 22 (PIA) -- The provincial government through the Provincial Persons with Disability Affair Office (PDAO) has partnered with the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) and MVRN Prosthesis Center in helping orthopedic persons with disabilities acquire the appropriate assistive devices.

  • Mt. Province officials vow to work together for a common goal

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, July 8 (PIA) --Inspired by the fresh mandate given by the electorate in the province, the newly elected provincial officials publicly announced during their oathtaking to put aside politics and vowed to work hand in hand with one common goal- to move this province forward. 

  • MP sectors one skedy resolution of murder of 3 Besao youths

    Bontoc, Mountain Province – Members of the Provincial Peace and Order Council and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council put their full weight for the speedy resolution of the killing of three natives of Agawa, Besao who reportedly went to hunt and fish but were found dead days later along the Lakanga creek within the vicinity of Baclingayan, a sitio of Tabacda, Tubo, Abra.

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