Customs seizes P700k worth of misdeclared, unregistered medicines from China

Bureau of Customs enforcers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) seized on Friday about 180 kilograms of medicines misdeclared as “vitamin pills” with an estimated value of P700,000.

Customs district collector Mimel Yalusan said the pills were sent from Xiamen, Fujian, China, and was consigned to a male individual from Muntinlupa City.

Upon physical examination, it was found that the shipment contained Chinese medicines without the corresponding License and Certificate of Registration from the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA).

Talusan said the misdeclared medicines will be destroyed by burning at the Integrated Waste Management facility in Trece Martirez, Cavite. 

Talusan said that on May 6, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration released FDA Advisory No. 2020-767 warning the public against the purchase and use of unregistered Chinese medicines “because it is not safe as we have no idea what it is.”

The goods will be subjected to seizure and disposal for violation of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

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