Probe pharmacies that overprice, hoard medicines, agencies urged

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THE Cebu City Council is urging concerned national government agencies to monitor pharmacies that might overpriced anti-cold, fever and flu medicines.

During its regular session on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, the Cebu City Council passed a resolution that would implement not just a price freeze, but also to prevent panic buying of medicines in some pharmacies.

The resolution, filed by Cebu City Councilor Dave Tumulak, is calling upon government agencies like the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Health, the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), and even law enforcement agencies to monitor pharmacies that might overpriced medicines they sell to the public.

Tumulak told SunStar Cebu that the resolution aims to prevent what happened in Metro Manila wherein a shortage of paracetamol and flu medicines was felt amid a rise of Covid-19 cases there.

Tumulak said that aside from overpriced medicines, they are also urging these agencies to monitor pharmacies that may have been hoarding over-the-counter drugs.

Separately, the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) is also coordinating with concerned agencies in monitoring pharmacies and even suspected black market vendors who have been allegedly hoarding anti-cold, fever and flu medicines.

Lt. Col. Wilbert Parilla, CCPO’s deputy director for operation, told reporters that they are coordinating with these agencies as to how they can prosecute persons and establishments caught in the act of hoarding or overpricing their medicines.

Parilla said they have started their monitoring after President Rodrigo Duterte had ordered police units nationwide to monitor those taking advantage of the current Covid-19 surge. / PAC, AYB

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