2 Chinese nationals selling ‘COVID-19 cure’ arrested in Cavite warehouse raid

2 Chinese nationals selling ‘COVID-19 cure’ arrested in Cavite warehouse raid

Two Chinese nationals are under the custody of the police after a warehouse  was raided in Bacoor City in Cavite province for selling unregistered health capsules being touted as a remedy to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Zhixing Chen and Lingjie “Kira” Zhao were collared for selling the Lianhua Qingwen Jiaonang in violation of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Act of 2009.

Members of Bacoor Police Station Drug Enforcement Team under Major Ruben Ballera Jr., Philippine Drug Enforcement Unit in Cavite and Regional Special Operations Unit of Region 4 A served the search warrant for violation of Food and Drug Administration Act of 2009, and the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act against the suspects.

A warehouse hoarding unregistered pills, which sellers claim could cure the coronavirus disease, with Chinese labels in Cavite province.(photo credit to PDI)

Per the FDA public advisory issued last May 6, it is prohibited to sell and use of Lianhua Qingwen Jiaonang, saying the drug “has not gone through the registration and testing process of the FDA and has not been issued with proper authorization in the form of Certificate of Product Registration.”

“Thus, the Agency cannot guarantee their quality and safety. The consumption of such violative product may pose potential danger or injury if administered,” the advisory read.

The police were able to seized multiple boxes of medicine that contained 259,200 capsules with Chinese labels which allegedly cure patients infected with coronavirus disease.

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