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Cop May Face Dismissal for Illegal Selling of Tocilizumab

The National Bureau of Investigation launched an operation and arrest a policeman for illegal selling of tocilizumab in Rizal.

NBI arrests Police Staff Sergeant Ariel in Quezon City for selling tocilizumab illegally at P95, 000. The anti-inflammatory off-label drug used to treat the patients affected by coronavirus disease has a suggested price of only P25, 000.

An official from the Department of Health reported that tocilizumab supply for the remaining months of 2021 will remain low due to the lack of supply.


The Food and Drug Administration Director Usec. Eric Domingo said several individuals have been arrested for illegal selling of drugs and medications. He also advised the public not buy medicines to not credible sellers.

Domingo said that those products might be counterfeit or substandard, which could pose risk to the health of the consumers.

“Huwag po kayong bibili ng gamut lalong lalo nap o itong mga maseselang gamut sa mga sources na hindi kayo sigurado kung saan nanggagaling dahil malamang po ito ay either counterfeit o substandard at maari pa po itong lalong makasama sa pasyente,” Domingo said.

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Guillermo Eleazar assured the Filipino people that two cops involved in illegal activities will face corresponding sanctions and penalties as well as job dismissal.

“Ngayon pa lang ay tinitiyak ko na matatanggal sa serbisyo ang dalawa sa aming kasamahan dahil sa kalokohang kinasangkutan nila,” the PNP chief said.

Eleazar said in a statement that cop identified as Police Staff Sgt. June Angeles has arrested in an entrapment operation in Rizal after extorting money from a detainee’s wife. Angeles would face criminal and administrative charges.

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