DOH warns against buying test kits, medical supplies sold online, without FDA approval

Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 27 2020 08:29 PM

MANILA — It might be tempting to buy a rapid test kit for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) being sold on social media but doing so can be risky and illegal, the Department of Health said on Monday.

At a televised briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that the government only allows licensed hospitals and pharmacies to sell rapid test kits.

“At tanging lisensyadong health care professional lang po ang maaaring gumamit at mag-interpret ng mga resulta na ito,” she added.

(And only licensed health care professionals can use and interpret its results.)

Vergeire said that only test kits and personal protective equipment approved by the Food and Drug Administration can be used in the country.

“Dahil ito lamang po ang garantisadong ligtas at epektibong gamitin,” Vergeire explained. “Hindi po tayo nakakasiguro sa kalidad at kaligtasan ng mga produktong walang approval ng FDA.”

(Only these are guaranteed safe and effective. We cannot be sure of the quality and safety of products without FDA approval.)

“Wag po nating tangkilikin ang mga gamit o supplies na binebenta sa atin online na walang aprubado o walang rehistro galing sa FDA,” she said.

(Let’s not buy items or supplies being sold online without the approval of the FDA.)

The health official encouraged the public to report overpriced medical items, hoarding, and illegally sold products to the FDA e-mail hotline of covidresponse@fda.gov.ph. The FDA website has a list of its approved products.