Manila, Philippines – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned the public against a counterfeit rabies vaccine that is being sold in the country.
FDA and Novartis Healthcare Philippines have “determined that there are illegally imported and unregistered Purified Chick Embryo Cell (Rabipur) Rabies Vaccine being offered for sale in vaccination
clinics, drug establishments and outlets and internet websites.”
A complaint sample of the vaccine was collected at Tabuk City in Kalinga and it was verified that the sample was counterfeit.
The rabies vaccine is administered to people who are at high risk of exposure to rabies or to someone who have been exposed to rabies, the FDA said.
Vaccines are sensitive biological substances that can lose their potency and effectiveness if they are exposed to temperatures outside the temperature range of 2 to 8 degree Celsius, the agency added.
“Proper handling and storage should be exercised to assure product’s safety, efficacy and quality. However, there is no assurance of safety, efficacy and quality of counterfeit vaccines,” the FDA said.
All drug establishments and outlets have been warned against importing, distributing and selling unregistered drug product. (Jonathan Hicap)