NAIA Customs seizes illegal meds

Medicines without BFAD permit. (Anthony Ching photo)

The Bureau of Customs (BoC) on Thursday seized 15 kilograms of assorted medicines lacking Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFaD) permit at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3.

Customs X-ray examiners discovered the assorted medicines in the handcarry baggage of an American passenger who arrived from Vietnam via Cebu Pacific Flight 5J752.

The BoC said importation or exportation of pharmaceutical products without FDA clearance is a violation of FDA Act of 2009 in relation to provisions of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

Medicines without approval and health clearance from BFaD can pose health risks to consumers, it added.

BoC NAIA will continuously ensure that Philippine borders are protected from the entry and exit of prohibited and regulated goods without permits.

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