The Bureau of Customs seized 660kg of counterfeit medicines worth millions of pesos. The shipment, totaling 17 pallets, arrived in the Philippines on board a Thai Airways flight from Karachi, Pakistan via Bangkok, Thailand last December 19.

boc-seizure-pictureThe shipment was consigned to a Richard Sorioso and comprised several counterfeit high-value medicine brands. The faked medicine brands include anti-psoriasis and skin allergy ointments like “Betnovate” and “Dermovate”; female hormonal drugs “Duphaston” and “Diane”; vascular disease drug “Daflon”; anti-hypertension drug “Plendil”; anti-vertigo medicine “Stugeron”; diabetes drug “Glucophage”; and abdominal pain medicine “Buscopan.”

The shipment was placed under Alert Order by the Bureau’s Intelligence Group following derogatory information received by the office of Commissioner John P. Sevilla. The shipment will be turned-over to the Food and Drug Administration and the Intellectual Property Office for further investigation and estimated value.

“The importation of medicine requires permits from other government agencies. More than being a smuggling issue, we need to protect the public from drugs that could potentially cause more harm than be cures for ailments,” said retired MGen Nestor Añonuevo, Acting Chief of the Bureau’s Intelligence Division.

Last month, an estimated P2-Million worth of anti-depressant Alprazolam was found by personnel of the Bureau inside boxes sent through air cargo from Pakistan. The illegally imported drugs were turned-over to the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Article on the Bureau of Customs, Philippines website
Published: 30th December 2014