Disposition of Flood-Affected Health Products
The heavy rains brought about by the Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng caused extreme flooding including long and massive electrical disruptions in Manila and its surrounding areas and triggered landslides and floods in Northern Luzon. As a result of such flooding, countless factories, warehouses, or establishments in which health products are
manufactured, processed, packed, or held for introduction to domestic commerce including drugstores and retail stores have been submerged in flood waters including their respective products thereby adversely affecting or compromising the quality, safety, efficacy, or purity of such health products. For purposes of this advisory, health products refer to food, drugs, cosmetics, devices, biologicals, vaccines, in-vitro diagnostic reagents, or household/urban hazardous substances and/or a combination of and/or a derivative thereof.
In the interest of public health, safety and welfare, the Department of Health - Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hereby warns establishments as well as the public of health products that were submerged and/ or otherwise affected by the floods that are offered for sale or resale. Thus, this Office hereby enjoins those concerned of their strict compliance to the following: