DOH: Some COVID booster shots not expired but have ‘extended shelf life’

John Eric Mendoza - Reporter / @JEMendozaINQ 09/05/2022

MANILA, Philippines — Some COVID-19 vaccines used for booster shots are not expired but have an “extended shelf life,” Department of Health (DOH) officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire clarified on Monday. In a press briefing,  Vergeire was asked…

FDA forms task force to make COVID-19 vaccines more accessible to Filipinos

Zacarian Sarao - @inquirerdotnet 08/21/2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) formed a task force that aims to make COVID-19 vaccines more accessible to Filipinos. In a recent statement, FDA said it dubbed the task force “Taskforce Edward,”…

FDA: Only Lucky Me! Kalamansi has ethylene oxide – at low levels

Kathleen de Villa 07/17/2022

MANILA, Philippines — This popular noodle brand still needs to be “studied,” said the country’s food regulator. But according to initial findings by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), only the calamansi flavor of Lucky Me! Pancit Canton has…

FDA PH investigates Lucky Me! manufacturer for alleged presence of ethylene oxide

Wenilyn B. Sabalo 07/08/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the Philippines, in a statement issued on Wednesday, July 7, 2022, said it is currently investigating and coordinating with the manufacturer of the popular Filipino product…

FDA probes popular Filipino noodle brand for ‘high level of ethylene oxide’

Daniza Fernandez - Reporter / @DFernandezINQ 07/07/2022

  MANILA, Philippines — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating a Filipino noodle brand that is said to contain a “high level of ethylene oxide.” The governments of Ireland, France, and Malta have issued safety…

2 Chinese nationals nabbed for selling counterfeit meds in Mandaue City

Pegeen Maisie M. Sararaña 03/22/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Two Chinese nationals underwent inquest proceedings on Monday, March 21,  after they were arrested for allegedly selling counterfeit medicines in Mandaue City. Lawyer Renan Oliva, director of the National Bureau of Investigation in…

FDA grants EUA to Pfizer’s anti-COVID pill Paxlovid

Daphne Galvez - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ 03/11/2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted an emergency use authorization for Pfizer’s antiviral COVID-19 pill Paxlovid, officer-in-charge Oscar Gutierrez said Friday. Apart from Paxlovid, the FDA also granted an EUA for another brand…

‘Sari-sari’ stores may apply for FDA license to sell meds

Dexter Cabalza 02/19/2022

“Sari-sari” stores may apply for authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to sell over-the-counter medicines, according to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). “Sari-sari stores can actually apply to the FDA. If…

FDA seeks banning ‘sari-sari’ stores from selling medicines

Daphne Galvez 02/15/2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to ask local governments to prohibit variety (sari-sari) stores from selling medicines to prevent the sale of fake ones. FDA Deputy General Oscar Gutierrez mentioned the idea to President…

DOH studying use of antigen self-test kits

Christia Marie Ramos 01/05/2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) is studying whether to recommend the use of antigen self-test kits to detect COVID-19, Health Undersecretary Ma. Rosario Vergeire said Wednesday. “Pinagaaralan po ‘yan [We are studying that],” Vergeire…

Clinical trial participants are not considered vaccinated — Cebu City Health Dept

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 10/15/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City residents who will participate in clinical trials will not be considered vaccinated from COVID-19. This was the pronouncement of the Cebu City Health Department (CHD) over the conduct of clinical trials…

Cebu City eyes creating separate vaccine registration site for adolescents

Morexette Marie B. Erram 09/06/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City is planning to create a separate registration site for adolescents who will be qualified to receive free COVID-19 vaccines from the government. Local officials here welcomed the decision of the Food…

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