Woman Arrested Over Illegal Sale of COVID-19 Medicines in Naga City

Woman Allegedly Selling Illegal COVID-19 Medicines Arrested in an Entrapment

Authorities arrested a woman who was discovered selling illegal COVID-19 medicines during an entrapment operation in Naga City.

According to the police investigation, the woman was caught distributing COVID-19 drugs in the vicinity without the approval of experts on Saturday. Police Cecilia Catacutan, a resident of Barangay Pequea, was identified as the culprit by Major Maria Luisa Calubaquib, Bicol police spokesman.

Catacutan was under investigation for distributing anti-COVID-19 medications without a doctor’s prescription. According to the report, the suspect was apprehended about 12:05 p.m. while selling Ivermectin and Lianhua drugs for P16,000 to an undercover agent inside the administrative office of the Centro Square Building in Barangay San Francisco.

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The unlicensed pharmaceutical sales agent who was arrested did not resist the arrest. The illicit supplier surrendered 20 cartons of Lianhua medications and 200 Ivermectin tablets.

According to police detectives, the defendant was allegedly selling anti-COVID medications either online or in person. The confiscated drugs were taken to the Food and Drug Authority (FDA) of the Department of Health in Naga City to be evaluated for authenticity and to see if they had an FDA Compassionate Special Permit.

Meanwhile, FDA chief Eric Domingo stated that the illegally distributed COVID-19 vaccines are unsafe for use, despite the fact that some of them were confirmed to be genuine. According to Domingo, the alleged vendors may have mishandled or failed to keep the immunizations at the proper temperature.

Authorities are already tracking the source of illegally marketed vaccines, according to the FDA commissioner. Officials are also interested in learning where the immunizations came from.

Domingo also asked for the public’s assistance in reporting any suspicious COVID-19 vaccination suppliers as soon as possible. Because the FDA has yet to give such authorization, the Philippine government has made it illegal to sell vaccines.

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