DOH warns public against unregistered medical devices in online shops
Aileen Cerrudo • December 4, 2019 • 698
The Department of Health (DOH) has warned the public against unregistered medical devices that are being sold in online shops.
This includes wound dressing and gauze without a certificate of product registration (CPR) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
DOH Health Regulation Team Assistant Secretary Atty. Charade Mercado-Grande has advised that the public should verify they are buying from a legitimate medical supplier or pharmacy when buying medical supplies, devices, and medicines.
Grande also said that pharmacies should also get a license for online ordering.
“Pharmacies should get license for online ordering so people can order medicines from them online [but] it’s for pick-up and not for delivery,” she said.
The FDA already released an advisory to the public to refrain from buying unregistered medical devices online.
“Pursuant to the Republic Act No. 9711, otherwise known as the “Food and Drug Administration Act of 2009”, the manufacture, importation, exportation, sale, offering for sale, distribution, transfer, non-consumer use, promotion, advertising or sponsorship of health products without the proper authorization is prohibited,” the advisory reads.
The FDA assures violators will face regulatory actions and sanctions.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) reports that the total number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases is now at 283,460 as of 4:00 p.m. Saturday, September 19, 2020.
This, after 3,962 newly-confirmed cases were added to the list.
The DOH likewise announced 1,128 recoveries, bringing the total number of recoveries to 209,885.
The health department’s latest bulletin showed that of the 3,962 reported cases today, 3,286 (83%) occurred within the recent 14 days (September 6 – September 19, 2020).
The top regions with cases in the recent two weeks were the NCR with 1,199 (36%), Region 4A with 780 (24%) and Region 3 with 446 (14%).
Of the 100 deaths, 66 occurred in September (66%), 16 in August (16%) 7 in July (7%) 4 in June (4%) and 7 in April (7%).
Twenty-seven (27) duplicates were removed from the total case count. Of these, 15 were recovered cases, the report added. Another patient who recovered was verified to be a foreign national and was also removed from the total case count.
On the other hand, 17 cases which were previously tagged as recovered were reclassified as deaths after final validation.
The department further reported that 10 laboratories were not able to submit their data to the COVID-19 Data Repository System (CDRS) on September 18, 2020. These laboratories are:
Daniel O. Mercado Medical Center
Dr. Jorge P. Royeca Hospital
Kaiser Medical Center Inc.
Lanao del Norte Covid-19 Testing Laboratory
Las Piñas General Hospital and Satellite Trauma Center (GX)
Las Piñas General Hospital and Satellite Trauma Center (RT-PCR)
Research Institute for Tropical Medicine
Safeguard DNA Diagnostics
Taguig City Molecular Laboratory
Valenzuela Hope Molecular Laboratory
The DOH said the numbers they receive undergo constant cleaning and validation.— /mbmf
MANILA, Philippines — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday (September 16) issued a warning against the purchase and consumption of several unregistered food and food supplements including a popular brand of liver spread.
According to its advisory dated August 26 and released only on September 16, the following products have no certificate of product registration issued and therefore unregistered in the agency:
Reno Brand Liver Spread
Miracle White Advance Whitening Capsules Food Supplement
Samantha’s Dips And Sauce Spanish Sardines Paste Sauce
“Since these unregistered food products and food supplements have not gone through the evaluation process of the FDA, the agency cannot assure its quality and safety,” the advisory said.
The FDA cited the provision of the Food and Drug Administration Act of 2009, which states that “the manufacture, importation, exportation, sale, offering for sale, distribution, transfer, non-consumer use, promotion, advertising or sponsorship of health products without the proper authorization is prohibited.”
The agency also warned establishments not to distribute, advertise or sell the said violative food products until a proper certificate of registration is issued.
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) sees a surge in the number of cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the coming days as over 30 laboratories in the country are still yet to submit their respective cases bulletin to the agency.
The DOH said 34 out of the 115 licensed testing laboratories have delayed results in their COVID-19 tests.
“This means there are confirmed cases per day that have not been reported yet officially and will come out this week,” said Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire.
“We may have an irregularly high number of cases in the coming days as cases from these laboratories get reported. We will ensure to highlight which of these cases are late reports,” she added.
The DOH points at incomplete information such as patients’ address and contact number as the cause of the delays in submitting their case bulletins.
Such information is vital to the contract tracing efforts of the government.
On September 1, the DOH required the testing laboratories to encode all information of their patients because the agency’s COVID-19 Data Repository System does not accept incomplete information.
“The main factor was the change in or the additional two variables–the complete address and the phone numbers that were stated to be mandatory,” Vergeire said.
“Hindi makakapasok or makaka-upload sa system noong kanilang submission if hindi kumpleto ang kanilang fields doon sa kanilang CIFs na isa-submit sa atin [They will not be able to enter or upload their submission into our system if the fields in the CIFs are incomplete],” she stressed.
Nonetheless, the official confirmed that the results have been gradually coming in from the concerned laboratories since Tuesday (September 8).
Once the results from these laboratories are submitted, expect an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the DOH’s overall tally.
Should these laboratories still fail to submit their reports next week, Vergeire said the DOH will push to sanction them.
34 Labs failed to submit their data to the COVID-19 Data Repository System
1. AL Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory
2. Amosup Seamen’s Hospital
3. Bohol Containerized PCR Laboratory
4. Butuan Medical Center
5. Cagayan Valley CHD TB Reference Laboratory
6. Calamba Medical Center
7. Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital
8. Dagupan Doctors Villaflor Memorial Hospital
9. Daniel O. Mercado Medical Center
10. Detoxicare Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory
11. Dr. Arturo P. Pingoy Medical Center
12. Fe Del Mundo Medical Center
13. Green City Medical Center
14. Hi-Precision Diagnostics QC
15. Ilocos Training Regional Medical Center (GX)
16. Marikina Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory
17. Marilao Medical and Diagnostic Clinic
18. NKTI – GX
19. Philippine Airport Diagnostic Laboratory
20. Philippine Heart Center
21. Philippine Red Cross
22. Philippine Red Cross – Clark Mol Lab (PAMPANGA)
23. Philippine Red Cross – Logistics and Training- SUBIC, ZAMBALES
24. Philippine Red Cross – Molecular Biology Laboratory
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