FDA stops Shopee, Lazada from selling medicine online


Posted at Jun 14 2019 03:38 PM

MANILA — The Food and Drug Administration said Friday it asked online platforms Lazada and Shoppee to stop selling medicine online until they secure proper authority, as it cited possible health risks.

The two online markets were asked to "immediately cease and desist from further online selling and offering for sale drug products" until it obtains a license from the FDA, the agency said in a statement.

The FDA, an agency under the Department of Health, said buying medicine online places "the lives of the general public in danger and at risk."

It warned the 2 platforms that they could be cited for "direct or indirect contempt and/or other administrative sanctions" should they fail to comply with the cease and desist order. 

The FDA also reminded the public to "exercise extreme caution" and to avoid purchasing and consuming health products that are offered online.