FDA warns public against adulterated cosmetic products

Maris Federez   •   June 6, 2019   •   3164

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a health warning to inform the public of the report of the ASEAN Post-Marketing Alert System (PMAS) on several cosmetic products.

The FDA Advisory, dated June 3, 2019, said that these products were subjected to post-marketing surveillance by the Cosmetic Control Group, Food and Drug Administration, Thailand.

The results of the laboratory analyses showed that “the products are not compliant with the technical standards set forth by the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD) as these contain ingredients that are not allowed to be part of a cosmetic product.”

Brands that were found to have ammoniated mercury were B-Plus Miracle Gold Cream, Madame Organic Whitening Arbutin, and Herbal Turmeric Herbal Cream.

Products that were found to have ammoniated mercury, betamethasone 17-valerate and clobetasol propionate were BeQuala Beauty Quality Lab, O-Ping Wink Winner Ping Whitening Cream, and Myrina Night Cream.

Brands that have both ammoniated mercury and betamethasone 17-valerate were Beauty 3 Night Cream and Polla Gold Super White Perfects.

Brands such as Melusma Melasma Brightening Cream and Ozzy Mark were both found to have contained ammoniated mercury, with hydroquinone and clobetasol propionate, respectively.

The advisory further said that “mercury is a naturally occurring heavy metal which is known to be severely hazardous to health even in small amount.”

It says, “according to the World Health Organization (WHO), the main adverse effect of exposure to inorganic mercury (e.g. ammoniated mercury) is kidney damage.”

It added that “mercury may also cause skin rashes, skin discoloration, and scarring,” as well as, neurodevelopmental deficits in children in case pregnant women and nursing mothers got exposed to mercury and, in turn, transferred it to their children.

Hydroquinone, betamethasone 17-valerate and clobetasol propionate, on the other hand, are not allowed to be part of cosmetic products as these are classified as drug products because of their multiple serious adverse effects when used indiscriminately. 

Because of the hazards posed by the aforementioned products, the FDA strongly advises the public to be vigilant and to report to them whenever they see these products in the market.

Reports may be coursed through email report@fda.gov.ph, the Center for Cosmetic Regulation and Research (CCRR) hotline (02) 857-1900 local 8107 and 8113, and the FDA online facility, eReport, at www2.fda.gov.ph/ereport.

ERRATUM:

An earlier version of this article erroneously included an image of a counterfeit mineral clay mask marketed as Pond’s Pure White Mineral Clay Mask D-Toxx Treatment.

No need for testing, quarantine for Pinoys from countries with low COVID-19 cases — DOH

UNTV News   •   October 20, 2020

Filipinos returning from countries with low coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases no longer need to undergo quarantine and testing, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

DOH Spokesperson Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire said the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued classification on different prevalence levels of each country for the department to determine which countries have low COVID-19 cases.

“For those low to medium prevalence countries na may COVID-19, kapag dumating ang mga OFWs dito maaari nang hindi na muna i-test. Mag-comply ng minimum health standards, they can go back to their provinces, (For those with low to medium prevalence countries with COVID-19, OFWs from those areas no longer need to be tested. Just comply with the minimum health standards and they can go back to their provinces),” Vergeire said.

However, the Health Department reiterates that Filipinos who return to their provinces still need to follow the minimum health standards and symptoms monitoring implemented in the area. Vergeire said the local government units (LGUs) will be in charge of monitoring their condition and COVID-19 testing, if necessary.

It is also under the LGUs mandate to test individuals entering their areas to prevent the spread of the virus.

“Whatever the local governments would require for them to enter into their province, they have to comply,” Vergeire said.

She added LGUs have their own guidelines for domestic travelers, including those who are coming from areas with high COVID-19 cases, such as the National Capital Region. -AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

WHO calls on parents to protect children from pneumonia

Marje Pelayo   •   November 13, 2019

A Filipino volunteer doctor (L) examines a child during a medical mission in Tibagan district of San Juan City, east of Manila, Philippines, 06 April 2019. The World Health Organization marks World Health Day annually on 07 April, with this year’s theme being ‘Health for all – everyone, everywhere.’ World Health Day is observed to raise awareness for universal health coverage for all and urge world leaders to work on measures to reach this goal. EPA-EFE/ROLEX DELA PENA

MANILA, Philippines — The World Health Organization (WHO) reminds parents to look after little children especially given that the cold season is here.

In line with the World Pneumonia Day on November 13, the WHO reminds the public that pneumonia is preventable with the right knowledge on how to avoid contracting the disease especially during the cold months.

These preventive measures include:

  • Immunization
  • Adequate nutrition
  • Reducing indoor air pollution
  • Avoiding exposure of children to tobacco smoke
  • Practicing good hygiene

Pneumonia is a form of acute respiratory infection that affects the lungs.

According to the WHO, pneumonia is the single largest infectious cause of death in children worldwide

It accounts for 15% of all deaths of children under 5 years old in 2017 killing a total of 808, 694 children.

Global measles cases three times higher than last year – WHO

UNTV News   •   August 29, 2019

A young patient with measles lying in bed. (Image grabbed from Reuters footage)

The world is backsliding in the fight against measles, which can disable or kill, especially children, with a record number of cases recorded up to August only since 2006 and nearly three times as many cases than in July 2018 at that time, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday (August 30).

The biggest outbreaks of the highly contagious disease — one person with measles can spread it up to 18 non-immunized other people — are raging in the Democratic Republic of Congo (155,460 cases), Madagascar (127,454) and Ukraine (54,246) it said.

Europe has lost ground also, with four countries stripped off their “measles-free” status in 2018 — Albania, Czech Republic, Greece, and Britain, the WHO said.

The United States has recorded 1,215 measles cases across 30 states in its worst outbreak since 1992, federal health officials said on Monday.

Nearly 365,000 cases have been reported globally this year, the highest figure since 2006, according to the U.N. Health Agency, noting that they represent only a fraction of the 6.7 million estimated cases annually.

A vaccine-preventable disease, measles caused an estimated 109,000 deaths in 2017, figures for 2018 won’t be known before November.

Weak health systems, a lack of vaccines in some areas, and complacency towards the disease, leading people to believe that since it has been eliminated there is no need to get vaccinated, are behind the surge, the WHO says.

Trust in vaccines — one of the world’s most effective and widely-used medical products — is highest in poor countries but weaker in wealthier ones where skepticism has allowed outbreaks of diseases such as measles to persist, a global study found in June.

In 53 countries of Europe, 90,000 measles cases were recorded in the first half of this year, more than that for all of 2018, according to the WHO. (REUTERS)

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