FDA warns against medicines sold online

Posted at 01/22/14 2:54 AM

MANILA -- The Food and Drug Administration has warned the public against buying vaccines and other medicines from the Internet.

FDA spokesperson Joyce Cirunay said Tuesday that buying medicines from online sellers -- who offer free delivery within Metro Manila -- is "very risky."

"Rx products cannot be advertised. They need prescriptions from a doctor," Cirunay said.

The FDA said "the link or site may look professional and legitimate, with matching pictures to boot, (but) it could actually be an illegal operation or scam."

Online sellers advertise their vaccines and medicines as "cheap and genuine," but there is no guarantee how these have been stored.

Vaccines need to be kept at a cold chain temperature of 2 to 8 degrees Celsius, Cirunay said.

The FDA said it has not given anyone a license to sell medicines, food supplements and vaccines online, and advised the public to be wary of making transactions with these online sellers.

"The best way to get cured is to consult with your doctors, and buy medicines from legitimate drug stores," Cirunay said.

Meanwhile, the FDA has also warned the public against ingesting food with food coloring and colored spices, after studies show that these contain chemicals which cause cancer.

Dr. Kenneth Hartigan-Go, acting director general of the FDA, identified some of these chemicals as Rhodamine B, Orange 2, and Sudan Red.

According to the FDA, the public should purchase only food which has the address of manufacturer and distributor, nutrition, facts and expiration date on labels. -- Report from Jackie Manabat, ABS-CBN News