Because pharmacies are short of paracetamol, some are forced to buy it everywhere, and if they look at it, the medicine they can buy is even counterfeit.
In a report by Maki Pulido on GMA News “24 Oras” on Tuesday, a Caloocan man was said to have bought paracetamol from a man who was selling drugs on a motorbike.
But instead of recovering, his body erupted.
After complaining about the incident, authorities in Caloocan carried out an operation and arrested the drug dealer, who turned out to be a counterfeit.
The batch number and security marks found in the box of the confiscated drugs were fake, proving that this is not the real company that manufactures the drug brand.
It is seen that these drugs are ordered online from a supplier. Consequently, the authorities conducted a follow-up operation to find the supplier and confiscated 100,000 pesos worth of paracetamol from the delivery man.
But the person arrested explained that he was only a delivery man and not the drug supplier.
“May botika nga siya sabi naman niya sa akin wala naman daw safe naman daw,” the suspect said.
The authorities are said to be carrying out an operation on counterfeit drugs. They also advised the public to buy drugs only from legitimate pharmacies.
Fake paracetamol seized in Caloocan and QC
Earlier this month, there were reports of a paracetamol shortage in Metro Manila due to the sudden spike in COVID-19 cases.
However, the Department of Health (DOH) has released a statement that there is no ongoing paracetamol shortage. This medication is used to treat fever and mild to moderate pain.
“We promptly consulted with major pharmacy chains and local manufacturers and suppliers on the status of the supply of said products,” he said. “Although there is an increased demand for these products, there is no continuing shortage in the Philippines.”
However, Unilab, the maker of well-known paracetamol brands like Biogesic, Neozep and Solmux, has confirmed a shortage of pharmacy stock.
Meanwhile, Zuellig Pharma has also confirmed a temporary shortage of certain paracetamol brands in certain regions.
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