NBI seizes P4M worth of expired smuggled medicines in Bulacan raid

August 27, 2009 11:45 am 

MANILA, Aug. 27 –Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) seized about P4 million worth of expired medicines smuggled from China and other countries in a raid at a warehouse in Angat, Bulacan.

Initial probe conducted by the NBI-Counter Intelligence Division (CID) showed that the expired medicines were being repacked for eventual sale to drug stores in Southern Luzon.

NBI operatives conducted the raid at the warehouse located at the middle of the rice field in Barangay Binagbag, Angat, Bulacan on Tuesday night. The inventory lasted almost two days.

The raids resulted in the seizures of several boxes of medicines, many of them, with expiration date of 2008.

Head agent Regner Peneza, chief of the NBI-CID, said seized were assorted medicines like anti-biotic, tables for asthma, colds and vitamins. Also confiscated were ointment for skin allergy and anti-bacteria oral drops for children and even tablets for epilepsy.

He said the medicines reportedly come from India, Karachi, Pakistani, China, and United States.

The NBI is verifying reports that Vicencio Santos, owner of the warehouse, was engaged in the repacking of expired medicines to be sold in Southern Luzon, particularly in Bicol.

The Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) said that based on its records,Vicencio Santos of Barangay Binagbag, Angat, Bulacan had no license to sell and distribute drug products. Santos is not around when the raid was conducted.

Nazarita Tacandon, BFAD acting director, said initial verification showed the raided establishment was not authorized to sell medicines, especially expired ones.

The seized items are now subject of the test at the NBI forensic chemistry division NBI and BFAD.

The NBI continued to conduct monitoring to trace the sources of the smuggled medicines as well as to locate Santos. (PNA)

RMA/JES

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