NBI Arrest Tarlac Cop, 2 Others for Selling Overpriced TocilizumaB Illegally
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) operatives arrested a Tarlac cop and two (2) others for allegedly selling overpriced Tocilizumab.
The NBI charged three people in a law enforcement operation in Quezon City, including an active police officer, with distributing COVID-19 medicine. The suspects were discovered to be selling at a higher price.
The antivirus drug was not registered with the Food and Drug Administration, according to the article (FDA). The medicine is claimed to have a regular price range of P25,000 to P28,000, but the suspects are selling it for P95,000.
The complainant approached the FDA after transacting with the suspects online, according to NBI Intellectual Property Rights Division (IPRD) chief Glenn Ricarte. The suspects have been identified as Tarlac police officers Allan Cordero Raganit, Camilo Tieves Jr., and Staff Sgt./Police Ariel Yalung.
The drug was potentially smuggled, according to the NBI, because it did not go through the FDA and the brand of the drug collected from the suspects was not registered. The suspects were found with a vial of Tocilizumab in a cooler, according to the report.
During the transaction, Yalung’s gun served as an escort or guard. In this time of epidemic, the National Bureau of Investigation and the Food and Drug Administration have urged the public not to deal online because many are exploitative. It also does not guarantee the safety of drugs purchased online.
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