FDA verifies 5 vinegar brands containing ‘synthetic acetic acid’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 4, 2019   •   8559

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has verified five vinegar brands containing synthetic acetic acid after they tested 39 vinegar samples in the market.

Based on the released advisory of the FDA on Tuesday (June 4), the five vinegar brands containing synthetic acetic acid should not be sold to the public.

  • Surebuy Cane Vinegar
  • Tentay Pinoy Style Vinegar
  • Tentay Premium Vinegar
  • Tentay Vinegar ‘Sukang Tunay Asim’
  • Chef’s Flavor Vinegar

However, the FDA clarified that synthetic acetic acid does not pose any health risk to an individual.

“The presence of synthetic acetic acid is not a safety issue and does not pose any health risk to consumers as this only means that the vinegar is of substandard quality,” the advisory reads.

The FDA advisory also states there will be inspections “to further verify whether the producers of the above products use synthetic acetic acid.”

“Appropriate regulatory action shall be imposed on those non-compliant establishments found violating current standards, rules,and regulations of the FDA.”(with reports from Aiko Miguel)

Duterte approves hiring of additional workers for FDA, DOST

Marje Pelayo   •   April 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is busy processing applications for licenses of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test kits and all other products necessary in the country’s fight against the global pandemic.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), meanwhile, is focusing on research and development of treatment or vaccine against COVID-19.

Due to the volume of work and the high demand for additional workforce, President Rodrigo Duterte has allowed the two agencies to hire more personnel to join the government’s COVID-19 response.

“I have authorized these two offices — the FDA and the DOST — to employ as much as many that would be required to expedite [the processes] and to enable the agencies to work day and night. As I have said, we are fighting a war here, a crisis,” the President said in Filipino during his live address to the nation on Monday (April 27).

Meanwhile in his Joint Congressional Oversight Committee report, the President noted that the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) already approved the hiring of additional workers for the Department of Health (DOH). 

The DOH requested for additional 15,757 healthcare professionals who will be given three-months contract of service and will be funded with P2.7-billion.

The DOH said seven hospitals have signified their request for additional medical personnel to cope with the volume of workload in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

FDA approves 16 COVID-19 rapid test kits

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 20, 2020

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved 16 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) rapid antibody test kits for commercial use.

“These applications have completed necessary documentary requirements and have undergone review and evaluation by the FDA,” according to the FDA in a statement.

The rapid test kits detect the presence of antibodies in an individual’s blood or serum. This is to determine if the individual has previously contracted the coronavirus and developed antibodies for it.

FDA Director General Eric Domingo previously said they want people to have access to the testing kits but the testing should still be subjected to proper protocols.

“The rapid test kits will yield a faster result compared to PCR based kits, but it is important that a trained health professional will evaluate and interpret the results,” he said.

The FDA, moreover, reminds the public that each rapid test kits have different specifications and the tests should still be administered by trained health professionals.

“The agency reiterates that these kits are strictly for medical professional use only and not intended for personal use,” the statement reads.

FDA warns public vs use of drugs, vaccines with unproven COVID-19 treatment claims

Robie de Guzman   •   April 9, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned the public against using medicines or vaccines that have not been proven safe and effective in the treatment of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“Currently there are no registered drugs or vaccines that are licensed specifically for use in COVID-19 treatment or prevention,” the FDA said in a statement on Wednesday.

The FDA said there are on-going clinical trials to investigate the safety and efficacy of new and existing drugs, such as anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory agents for the treatment of COVID-19 infected individuals.

“The World Health Organization (WHO) recently launched the Solidarity Trial, a large-scale clinical trial participated by many countries (including the Philippines), which aims to identify evidenced-based treatment regimen for COVID-19,” the agency said.

It also said that manufacturers and vendors of unlicensed products such as PRODEX B and the Fabunan Antiviral Injections have been informed regarding the process and requirements to register their products with the FDA Center for Drug Regulation and Research (CDRR).

“No applications for product registration have been filed to date,” the FDA said.

“Until such products are proven safe and effective for use in the treatment of COVID-19 they cannot be dispensed to the public nor can therapeutic claims be made,” it added.

The agency assured it would continue to ensure the safety and efficacy of products to protect public health and commits to cooperate with all agencies to ensure prompt response to this global health crisis.

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