The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday has cautioned the public against buying beauty products online as they may cause health problems.
FDA officer-in-charge Eric Domingo said in an interview that beauty products being sold at e-commerce platforms should have Certificate of Product Registration (CPR) from the FDA.
“Kung hindi po registered products po ‘yun, hindi po pupuwede ibenta. Pero kung registered naman po sila at meron silang CPR galing sa FDA maaari po silang ibenta,” Domingo said.
The agency has been issuing repeated warnings over the growing number of internet sales of medicines.
“Buying medicines over the internet can pose serious health risk. You will never know what exactly you are getting. Even if the medicines bought online looks the same. There is no guarantee that it is genuine,” Domingo said.
“A medicine bought online may contain no active ingredient. Too much or too little of active ingredients which may result to your condition not being treated correctly. Also, these medicines may not be stored correctly in accordance with its appropriate storage conditions.”
Online distribution of medicine in the country is considered illegal. FDA only allows online selling provided that the seller has an existing FDA-licensed pharmacy with a physical address.