PNP to crack down on illegal sale of ivermectin
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police is targeting the unauthorized sale and distribution for human use of the veterinary drug ivermectin.
Maj. Gen. Albert Ignatius, chief of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), said on Sunday that the CIDG would work closely with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the crackdown on individuals engaged in the distribution of “fake, unregistered or unlicensed” ivermectin, an antiparasitic drug.
“We strongly advise the public to seek professional help and opinion before using the said drug and buy only from authorized sources,” he said.
The FDA recently granted a compassionate special permit for ivermectin use on patients with COVID-19 to only one hospital, which has not been identified.
—Jeannette I. Andrade
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