United Laboratories Inc., the marketing authorization holder for the drug, verified the presence of the fake product in the local market, endangering consumers of the drug.
Paracetamol Biogesic is one of the leading most bought drug for many Filipinos, nationwide. The difference between the original and counterfeit products can be seen in tablet color, foil packaging pattern, foil material, and printed markings.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned consumers against the purchase and consumption of counterfeit Biogesic paracetamol 500-milligram tablets.
“All healthcare professionals and the general public are hereby warned as to the availability of this counterfeit drug product in the market, which poses potential danger or injury to consumers,” says United Laboratories Inc.
Under the Republic Act No. 9711 or the Food and Drug Administration Act of 2009, as well as Republic Act No. 8203, or the Special Law on Counterfeit Drugs, importation and sale of counterfeit medicines are prohibited within the country.