Department of Health (DOH)-MIMAROPA Regional Director Eduardo Janairo on Wednesday warned the public that they are not endorsing any herbal medicine and food supplement contrary to marketing claims made by some product sellers.
“I am not endorsing, nor have I given my approval or any testimonial in support of any herbal and food supplement claiming to have therapeutic and dietary results,” Dr. Janairo stated.
“I also advise the public to always check the products they purchase. Although several herbs contain medicinal properties, there are other substances that may be harmful and toxic if taken in excess,” he added.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA has directed all food and dietary supplement manufacturers, distributors, and advertisers, to put the disclaimer “Mahalagang Paalala: Ang (Name of Product) ay Hindi Gamot at Hindi Dapat Gamiting Panggamot sa Anumang Uri ng Sakit” in the packaging of their products, as well as in all advertising, promotion and sponsorship materials.
This message informs the public that the product is not a medicinal drug and should not be used to treat symptoms of any disease.
The FDA’s reiteration of this requirement is in accordance with the decision of the Court of Appeals on 28 November 2014, which upheld the DOH-FDA Administrative Order 2010-0008.
“We are not against the food and herbal supplements industry, but it is in the best interest of the people to have the proper information and right choice for these products,” Director Janairo concluded.