4 Sellers Arrested after Caught Illegally Selling of Remdesiver in Quezon

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) operatives arrested four (4) sellers after caught allegedly selling Remdesiver medicine against COVID-19.

After an entrapment operation in Quezon City yesterday, the NBI apprehended four sellers of Remdesivir, a type of medicine, to COVID-19 patients. Maria Cristina Manalo, Christopher Boydon, Philip Bales, and Bernard Bunyi were arrested, according to NBI officer in charge (OIC) Director Eric Distor.

4 Sellers of Remdesiver

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The ongoing operation of the NBI Special Task Force, according to Distor, was also motivated by information that online selling of the aforementioned medication is rampant in the country. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the use of such antiviral medications requires a Compassionate Special Permit (CSP).

CSP is only granted to licensed doctors or hospitals who will be responsible for the usage and sale of Remdesivir, according to information obtained. The CSP holder is responsible for informing patients about the benefits and hazards of using the aforementioned drug, as well as reporting to the FDA what led to the patient taking Remdesivir.

As a result, the NBI-STF continues to track down illegal drug dealers and is able to purchase them from internet sellers for between P4,500 and P5,000. Manaig Boydon and Bale were captured first in the entrapment operation on West Avenue Q.C., while Bunyi was detained at South Q.C.

The suspects have been taken into the police custody. The arrestees are now facing charges of breaking RA9711, the Food Administration Act of 2009, and RA5921, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2009. (Philippine Pharmacy Act).

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