Seller of Fake Vaccines Arrested

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Seller of Fake Vaccines Arrested


National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents arrested a former medical representative of a drug company and seized several cartons of fake flu vaccines worth P4 million during a raid in San Pedro, Laguna, an NBI official said on Tuesday.NBI Director lawyer Nestor M. Mantaring also warned the public against purchasing fake flu vaccines.Mantaring identified the suspect as Jennifer M. Cristobal, 28, businesswoman, and resident of 19 Lily St., Sampaguita Village, San Pedro, Laguna. She is said to be former medical representative of of Sanofi Pasteur.“We estimate that the amount of confiscated fake vaccines from the raided house-establishment possibly amounting to P4 million,” said Deputy Director for Special Investigation Services (SIS) lawyer Rickson L. Chiong in a press briefing on Tuesday.The raid stemmed from the complaint of Sanofi Pasteur, a company registered with the Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) that manufactures and markets pharmaceutical products vaccines, including VAXIGRIP (Inactivated Influenza Vaccine).The product and trademark of the Sanofi Pasteur is also registered with the Intellectual Property Office.Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday said an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Hong Kong infected with influenza A (H1N1) died of severe pneumonia.The OFW, a 37-year-old female from Tarlac province, died at 5:47 p.m. of Monday at the United Christian Hospital in Kowloon, Hong Kong, according to the DFA.She is survived by her husband and a six-month old son, the DFA said.The DFA said the Filipina was diagnosed with severe pneumonia last July 7.

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