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Goutto effervescent tablet does not treat gout

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Goutto effervescent tablet does not treat gout
(2nd UPDATE) Goutto effervescent tablet is not on the Food and Drug Administration’s list of approved drug products in the Philippines, US, and Japan

Claim: Goutto, a registered effervescent tablet under the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), treats gout.

Fresh Life Pharmaceuticals JSC, distributor of Goutto, said in an email to Rappler that their product does not claim to cure gout but only to relieve the pain it causes.

Rating: FALSE

Why we fact-checked this: The video containing the claim has 797,000 views, 933 shares, and 1,900 comments, as of writing. 

The bottom line: Goutto is not on the lists available online of drug products approved by the Food and Drug Administration both in the Philippines and the US, and by the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency of Japan

In an email, Fresh Life Pharmaceuticals JSC claims to have a US FDA registration, but Rappler’s research team has yet to confirm the said information.

Rappler has also confirmed with the Philippine FDA, through a call to their hotline, that Goutto is not on their list of registered products. 

According to the Philippine FDA, imported products, medicine and drugs included, must register with them before importation and sale. The administration, pursuant to their Administrative Order 2020-0017, requires all establishments to secure a License to Operate and Certificate of Product Registration (CPR) before acts of importation, sale, distribution, promotion, and advertising. Violation of the said act is penalized under Section 11 of Republic Act 9711

Given this matter, even if Fresh Life Pharmaceuticals JSC is truly registered with the US FDA, they should not be allowed to sell their products in the Philippines since they do not have a CPR.

No cure for gout: According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, there is no cure for gout, but one can effectively treat and manage the condition with medication and self-management strategies. 

Pain can be managed: CDC also noted that one can only manage the pain of a flare by taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen, steroids, and the anti-inflammatory drug colchicine. 

Furthermore, one can also prevent future flares and manage gout conditions by changing one’s diet and lifestyle, eating less purine-rich food which increase uric acid in the body, losing weight, and limiting alcohol intake. 

Purine-rich foods: Foods high in purines are red meat, organ meat, and some types of seafood, such as anchovies, sardines, mussels, scallops, trout, and tuna. – Ailla Dela Cruz/Rappler.com

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