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Patients in need of remdesivir can get special FDA permits

Jul 01, 2020 - 9:49 PM

Currently, the Philippines only administers remdesivir to hospitalized patients with severe cases of coronavirus

ON TRIAL. One vial of the drug Remdesivir at the University Hospital Eppendorf (UKE) in Hamburg, northern Germany on April 8, 2020. Photo by Ulrich Perrey/AFP


FDA warns public vs drugs, vaccines with unproven coronavirus treatment

Apr 09, 2020 - 9:32 AM

The Food and Drugs Administration says 'there are no registered drugs or vaccines that are licensed specifically for use in COVID-19 treatment or prevention'

NO HOME TEST KITS YET. DOH Undersecretary Eric Domingo gives a press conference in April 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

FDA approves 5 coronavirus rapid test kits

Mar 30, 2020 - 4:09 PM

But the Food and Drug Administration says swabs would still be taken from patients for confirmatory testing, as rapid test kits 'measure antibodies and not the viral load itself'

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FDA approves 4 coronavirus test kit products for commercial use

Mar 20, 2020 - 12:58 PM

The Department of Health clarifies that the test kits can only be used by hospitals or laboratories with testing capacity

A police officer checks body temperatures of pedestrians crossing the quarantine control point at Batasan-San Matero Rd. in Quezon City on March 16, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

FDA now lets doctors issue electronic prescriptions

Mar 18, 2020 - 4:20 PM

FDA Director General Eric Domingo says this will allow people vulnerable to COVID-19 to still access their medicines during the outbreak

STOCKING UP. People buy items from a medical supply store in Manila on March 12, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

FDA warns public vs unregistered coronavirus home test kits sold online

Mar 13, 2020 - 4:33 PM

FDA officer-in-charge Eric Domingo says the Philippine government has not yet approved any home test kits for the novel coronavirus

NO HOME TEST KITS YET. DOH Undersecretary Eric Domingo gives a press conference in April 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PhilHealth to shoulder coronavirus test costs – Malacañang

Mar 11, 2020 - 2:42 PM

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles also says diagnostics company Manila Healthtek is developing a 'rapid test kist' to aid in testing for COVID-19

COPING WITH CORONAVIRUS. People wear face masks for protection amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

FDA approves coronavirus test kits developed by U.P. scientists

Mar 10, 2020 - 11:08 AM

The Food and Drug Administration says the kits will be used for field testing and will help address the 'increasing number of reported COVID-19 cases' that 'require immediate diagnosis and monitoring'

CORONAVIRUS FEARS. Shoppers wear surgical masks at the Greenhills Shopping Center in San Juan City. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Lambanog that killed 8 in Laguna tests positive for high levels of methanol

Dec 25, 2019 - 1:32 PM

The samples contain 11.4% to 18.2% methanol, a toxic amount of the substance

LAMBANOG POISONING. Patients from Rizal, Laguna rest at the Emergency Room of Philippine General Hospital on December 23, 2019. Around 8 individuals are reportedly dead after drinking lambanog and experiencing stomach ache and vomiting. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

DOH upholds permanent ban of Dengvaxia

Aug 22, 2019 - 11:55 AM

(UPDATED) The ban makes it illegal to import, sell, or distribute Dengvaxia in the Philippines

DENGVAXIA BANNED. A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia vaccine inside the storage facility of the local government health sector that was given to students during the school-based immunisation in Manila on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Is the alcohol you're drinking registered with the FDA?

Jul 10, 2019 - 6:45 AM

This is the extensive process a manufacturer must go through to apply for FDA approval

FDA finds 'high level of methanol' in Cosmic Carabao Gin samples

Jul 09, 2019 - 3:24 PM

The Food and Drug Administration orders the seizure of all Cosmic Carabao Gin products in the market

'Stay safe': Netizens help warn public vs Cosmic Carabao Gin

Jul 09, 2019 - 11:09 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Don't try something that can possibly cost you your life,' says one concerned netizen

Mercury found in smuggled whitening products in Mindanao

Jun 28, 2019 - 1:13 PM

Some effects of mercury in skin whitening products, according to the World Health Organization, are discoloration and scarring, among others

MERCURY-LACED. Many whitening products for sale in certain Mindanao cities were found to be contaminated with high levels of mercury./ Photo from EcoWaste Coalition

FDA orders Shopee, Lazada to stop online sale of medicines

Jun 14, 2019 - 12:16 PM

The Food and Drug Administration says the sale of drug products online places 'the lives of the general public in danger and at risk'

Datu Puti, Silver Swan free from synthetic acetic acid – PNRI

Jun 06, 2019 - 5:22 PM

NutriAsia says that the Datu Puti and Silver Swan brands have always been subjected to testing since 2001

CLEARED. A PNRI test conducted last May showed that Silver Swan and Datu Puti had gone through a natural fermentation process. Photo from Shutterstock

FDA: 5 vinegar brands found to contain synthetic acetic acid

Jun 04, 2019 - 6:30 PM

The Food and Drug Administration says the manufacturing facilities of the vinegar brands will be inspected to verify the findings, and those found violating its standards and rules face 'regulatory action'

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FDA orders recall of pork goods from countries with African swine fever

May 28, 2019 - 6:50 PM

As part of measures to ensure the Philippines remains free of African swine fever, pork products from countries hit by the disease will be pulled off the shelves

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Ex-FDA chief Puno denies corruption allegations

May 17, 2019 - 11:56 AM

(UPDATED) 'I served as the Director General of the FDA for two years and 10 months with complete honesty, diligence, dedication, and loyalty,' says former Food and Drug Director General Nela Charade Puno

EX-FDA CHIEF. Nela Charade Puno attends the Senate hearing on the Dengvaxia controversy as Food and Drug Administration Director General in December 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte fires Food and Drug Administration chief Nela Charade Puno

May 16, 2019 - 5:29 PM

(UPDATED) The letter terminating FDA Director General Nela Charade Puno says the move is part of President Rodrigo Duterte's crackdown on government corruption but does not provide details

SACKED. Food and Drug Adminisration chief Nela Charade Puno attends the Senate hearing on the Dengvaxia controversy in February 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Hog industry wants pork imports restricted to block African swine fever

Mar 20, 2019 - 7:15 PM

Stakeholders question why there is plenty of buffer stock, saying that the Philippines should only import what it needs

BAR ENTRY. While fearing for the possible entry of pork infected with the African Swine Fever, hog industry stakeholders are also calling for the importation ban to protect local hog raisers. Image from Shutterstock

FDA permanently revokes Dengvaxia's certificate of product registration

Feb 19, 2019 - 3:23 PM

It will thus be illegal to import, sell, or distribute Dengvaxia in the Philippines

DENGUE VACCINE. The FDA permanently revoked the certificate of product registration of Dengvxia, which means its sale will be unlawful in the Philippines. File Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Alleged distributor of fake medicines arrested in Manila

Nov 25, 2018 - 12:15 PM

P1.2 million worth of counterfeit medicines are also seized from the suspect, mostly versions of popular over-the-counter drugs

With mobile app, pharmacy logbooks to go digital by 2020

Nov 04, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Information from the electronic Drug Safety System developed by startup mClinica may help authorities fight outbreaks and understand the underlying causes of diseases

NEW TECHNOLOGY. A pharmacist takes a picture of a customer's prescription using the electronic Drug Safety System. Screenshot from mClinica

'RH Bill Story' launch: Fight for reproductive rights continues

Oct 21, 2018 - 8:58 PM

Marilen Dañguilan, a medical doctor trained in policymaking, launches her book 'The RH Bill Story: Contentions and Compromises'

BOOK LAUNCH. Marilen Dañguilan launches her book 'The RH Bill Story: Contentions and Compromises.' Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

DILG: Attack on FDA convoy shows talks with Sison 'futile'

Oct 21, 2018 - 9:20 AM

'When you offer peace with your left hand but shoot with your right hand...that's the height of duplicity,' says DILG Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año

CRIME SCENE. The tailing police vehicle accompanying the convoy of Food and Drug Administration chief Nela Charade Puno is barraged with bullets. Photo from Bicol Police

FDA chief not target of ambush, says Camarines Sur top cop

Oct 18, 2018 - 6:50 PM

'Hindi nila alam na andoon si FDA [chief]. Nagkataon lang na nando'n,' says Camarines Sur police chief Senior Superintendent Reynaldo Pawid

SAFE. FDA chief Director General Nela Charade Puno escapes an ambush allegedly executed by the New People's Army. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PNP: Someone may have leaked FDA chief's convoy route

Oct 18, 2018 - 2:56 PM

'Either may nag-leak 'yan na may ganyang movement, lalong lalo na may VIP na involved,' says Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde

CRIME SCENE. The tailing police vehicle accompanying the convoy of Food and Drug Administration chief Nela Charade Puno is barraged with bullets. Photo from Bicol Police

FDA chief's convoy ambushed in Camarines Sur

Oct 18, 2018 - 12:40 PM

(UPDATED) At least 3 cops are killed and 3 others wounded, while Food and Drug Administration chief Nela Charade Puno is unharmed, police say

CRIME SCENE. The tailing police vehicle of FDA chief Nela Charade Puno is left bloodied by the gunfire. Photo from Bicol Police

CA denies pro-life group's plea vs FDA

Jun 11, 2018 - 10:14 PM

The Court of Appeals decision effectively lifts a TRO by the Supreme Court and paves the way for the implementation of the Reproductive Health Law

JUNKED. The Court of Appeals denied an appeal filed by the Alliance For the Family Foundation Philippines, Incorporated against the Food and Drug Administration Authority.

FDA seizes nearly P4M in unregistered products from Landers

Apr 22, 2018 - 3:20 PM

The products seized by the Food and Drug Administration include chocolates, beverages, and toiletries

Why the Philippine FDA issued an alert vs some K-beauty products

Apr 11, 2018 - 4:35 PM

The Food and Drug Administration says '12 of the 13 products are not notified with the FDA and are not allowed to be distributed in the country'

Duterte to PNP: Catch makers, sellers of fake medicines

Mar 28, 2018 - 1:05 PM

(UPDATED) The Food and Drug Administration lauds Malacañang for cracking down on fake medicines

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa following the ceremonial shoot during the inauguration of the Armscor Shooting Range Davao Branch in Davao City on February 26, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

COA wants Ombudsman to probe FDA execs over security contract

Mar 27, 2018 - 8:27 PM

Auditors note the FDA failed to set up a public bidding for the security service contract and continued paying the security company for their services

DOH to reorganize leadership after Dengvaxia mess

Feb 28, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the reorganization is meant to 'preserve the integrity of ongoing investigations and to prevent any potential undue influence on their findings'

FIXING DOH'S INTEGRITY. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III frowns during a House hearing on the Dengvaxia controversy on February 26, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Sanofi denies concealing Dengvaxia risks from Philippines

Feb 28, 2018 - 3:20 PM

The dengue vaccine maker says it immediately issued the warning against Dengvaxia when it found out about the risks in November 2017

ON THE HOT SEAT. Sanofi Asia Pacific head Thomas Triomphe faces the House probe into the controversial dengue vaccine on February 26, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Ex-FDA drug regulation chief gave Sanofi special 'accommodation' for Dengvaxia

Feb 26, 2018 - 1:43 PM

(UPDATED) Ex-Center for Drug Regulation and Research Benjamin Co received a USB directly from Sanofi when it gave a USB directly to him. This is not allowed under FDA rules

RISKY VACCINE. A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia vaccine inside a storage facility of the local government health sector that on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Sanofi knew Dengvaxia risks in 2015 but didn’t tell PH – FDA, physician

Feb 26, 2018 - 1:04 PM

(UPDATED) Physician Anthony Leachon says it was 'repulsive' that Sanofi had 'concealed' to the Philippines the 4 risks of its vaccine the company identified as early as December 22, 2015

The House of Representatives resumes its hearing on the controversial government immunization program on February 26, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Weeping mothers say their kids got Dengvaxia without consent

Feb 21, 2018 - 7:23 PM

'Dapat naman po bago kayo nagbitaw nang gano’n, humingi kayo ng pahintulot ng magulang... Masakit para sa isang magulang na mawalan ng anak,' says a mother of a now dead vaccinee in Muntinlupa

MOURNING MOMS. Annalyn Ebunia (L) and Janet Elipane (R) are two mothers of kids given the Dengvaxia vaccine and later died. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Garin grilled for taking over FDA while DOH chief

Feb 21, 2018 - 5:52 PM

'If I was your lawyer, I’ll protect you right now. Because a few days later, you were off to Paris to talk to Sanofi,' Senator Richard Gordon tells ex-health chief Janette Garin on her self-appointment to the FDA

ON THE HOT SEAT. Former DOH secretary Janette Garin attends the Senate probe into the Dengvaxia controversy on February 21, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Belo employees 'confused and scared' by FDA, police during inspection

Feb 14, 2018 - 9:52 PM

The inspection happens even as the Belo Medical Group says applications for the renewal of the registration of some of their products are pending with Food and Drug Administration

BELO IN ALABANG. A photo of the Belo Medical Group clinic in Alabang. Photo from Belo Medical Group website.

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Feb 14, 2018 - 8:48 PM

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Belo Medical Group may face charges over unregistered products – FDA

Feb 14, 2018 - 2:25 PM

The Food and Drug Administration finds that Belo Medical Group is selling 11 skin care products without registration

VICKI BELO. The court of appeals junks the bid of Jose Santos, Vicki's former live-in partner, to get a share of her wealth. Screengrab from Instagram/victoria_belo

[OPINION] Circling the wagons: The 'Doctors for Truth' and the Dengvaxia scandal

Feb 11, 2018 - 8:45 PM

The distrust of experts stems from the fact that in the case of Dengvaxia, the experts have so spectacularly failed the people on a matter of public trust

'Why did Dengvaxia get FDA clearance without EU go signal?'

Feb 05, 2018 - 12:24 PM

A physician-turned-legislator questions why the now-controversial vaccine got a go-signal in the Philippines in the first place

DENGVAXIA ADMINISTRATION. A student from Parang Elementary School gets a shot of Dengvaxia, the world's first-ever dengue vaccine, in 2016. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

After Dengvaxia mess, Duque wants more independence for FDA, RITM

Jan 29, 2018 - 9:25 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III wants the FDA to be independent from the DOH, and the RITM to be free from the influence of pharmaceutical companies

CHANGES FOR FDA, RITM? Health Secretary Francisco Duque III seeks more independence for two agencies under the DOH following the Dengvaxia controversy. Screenshot by Rappler

DOH won’t file cases over Dengvaxia issue, will focus on kids’ safety

Jan 05, 2018 - 4:17 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III leaves it up the DOJ, the NBI, and non-governmental groups to go after Aquino administration officials and Sanofi Pasteur

INFO CAMPAIGN. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III holds up a sample poster on Dengvaxia FAQs that will be put up in schools. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

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Jan 04, 2018 - 7:50 PM

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FDA suspends Dengvaxia sale for a year, fines Sanofi P100,000

Jan 04, 2018 - 11:24 AM

(UPDATED) Sanofi is punished for failing to comply with post-marketing authorization requirements for its controversial dengue vaccine

RISKY VACCINE. A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia vaccine inside the storage facility of the Department of Health on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Sanofi admits Dengvaxia doses imported into PH before contract

Dec 13, 2017 - 9:50 PM

A lawmaker questions why the pharmaceutical company seemed 'certain all along' that it would get the contract from the Philippine government

A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia vaccine inside the storage facility of the local government health sector that was given to students during the school-based immunisation in Manila on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler