Sanofi refunds P 1B worth of unused Dengvaxia
Drug manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur has made the refund worth P 1 billion to government for unused Dengvaxia vials.
This was announced by Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque as he visited San Isidro Elementary School in San Fernando, Pampanga.
Duque said even if Sanofi has made the reimbursement, it does not mean the drug company is already off the hook.
He warned if investigations will show that Sanofi hid important information from the public, government will still file cases against the firm.
Sanofi is set to retrieve the unused vials from the DOH soon after the refund.
This is following the agreement between Sanofi and the DOH.
Controversy arose when Sanofi recently revealed its vaccine can cause severe reactions to persons who were immunized even if they have not contracted dengue.
In Pampanga, Duque told students, teachers and parents that dengue remains a threat to children's health.
He urged them to constantly clean their environment.