NBI Warns Public on Fake Anti-Flu Vaccines

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The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) have warned drugstores, pharmacists and the public in the general against falling prey to unscrupulous traders selling fake anti-flu vaccines.The NBI issued the warning on Friday as it expanded its monitoring of drugstores to the entire Luzon, including Metro Manila, following reports of the selling of a fake anti-flu vaccine called Vaxigrip.Last week, a medical representative was arrested during an operation conducted by operatives of the NBI Anti-Fraud and Computer Crimes Division (AFCCD) in Laguna.“We are warning drugstore owners and pharmacists against fake flu vaccines. We advise them to check on the lot number and manufacturing and expiration date and carefully examine the appearance of the vials to know what is genuine or not,” said BFA director Nancy Tacandong.The NBI expanded its monitoring after reports that the fake drugs were being sold in some stores in Luzon, including stores in Laguna, Manila and Makati.“Samples of the content of the alleged fake flu vaccines are now being examined in a lab test to know what is the effect of the substance,” said the BFAD official, adding that the public may call up BFAD Hotline 842-5606 and 809-4390 or NBI Hotline 524-5395 and 525-4093 regarding any information about the fake flu vaccines.Last week, NBI agents arrested a former medical representative of a drug company and seized several cartons of fake flu vaccines worth R4 million during a raid in San Pedro, Laguna.NBI Director lawyer Nestor M. Mantaring also warned the public against purchasing fake anti-flu vaccines. …