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…

LGUs told: Start masterlisting children ages 12-17 for COVID vaccines

Morexette Marie B. Erram 09/06/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Local government units here are urged to start masterlisting children ages 12 to 17 years old, and who are qualified to receive COVID-19 vaccines manufactured by US pharmaceutical firms Moderna and Pfizer. This…

FDA OKs emergency use of Moderna vaccine on adolescents aged 12 to 17

Daphne Galvez 09/03/2021

  MANILA, Philippines — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has allowed the emergency use of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on adolescents who are 12 to 17 years old. FDA Director-General Eric Domingo on Friday, September 2,…

Sinovac shots confiscated in QC ‘unsafe,’ had dirty packaging – FDA

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 07/09/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The 300 doses of COVID-19 vaccine supposedly manufactured by China’s Sinovac Biotech that were confiscated by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Quezon City had soiled packaging and are not safe to use,…

DOH drafting guidelines on mixed-use vaccination — FDA

Daphne Galvez - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ 05/06/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) is already drafting guidelines to allow a person to receive different brands of coronavirus vaccine for first and second dose, an official of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)…

Hubris, ineptness, and the vaccine program

Solita Callas-Monsod - @inquirerdotnet 02/27/2021

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director General Eric Domingo showed a lot of balls when he gave Sinovac’s CoronaVac the green light for emergency use authorization (EUA), but with a recommendation that it not be used for…

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