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20,000 Tablets of Undeclared Ivermectin, Other Drugs Seized at NAIA

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) operatives seized 20,000 tablets of undeclared ivermectin and other drugs at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

From a shipment labeled as dietary supplements, multivitamins, and multi-mineral capsules, the BOC discovered 20,000 tablets of undeclared ivermectin and other undeclared regulated drugs at the NAIA.

Undeclared Ivermectin at NAIA
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According to an ABS-CBN News article, the drugs were hidden in the inner portion of the subject shipment from New Delhi, India, including the undeclared 20,000 capsules of Ivermectin. After the shipment was subjected to physical inspection by BOC NAIA, it was allegedly covered by other declared controlled products.

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The drug is being used compassionately in specialized institutions approved by FDA through the issuance of compassionate special permits, according to FDA Director Jesusa Joyce N. Cirunay of the Center for Drug Regulation and Research.

“In case Ivermectin has been granted authorization, a valid License to Operate (LTO) as Drug Importer and Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) or Certificate of Product Registration (CPR) shall be presented,” she said. 

Earlier, the FDA has issued a public health alert about the risks associated with the use of certain medicines in the treatment of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), including medications purchased online or from illegal sources.

The food and drug regulatory agency of the Philippines has stated that it cannot guarantee the safety and efficacy of medicines that have not been evaluated. Unauthorized drugs could not be stored properly under the required storage conditions, jeopardizing their stability, says FDA.

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