Belo clarifies clinic's ‘closure‘
THE Belo Medical Group on Tuesday denied that the authorities padlocked its pharmacy branch in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, for allegedly selling products not registered with the Food and Drug Administration.
“We would like to clarify that it is not accurate that the pharmacy of Belo Alabang clinic was closed,” said BMG Corporate Communications head John Eric Ho.
“FDA personnel served a Summons to our Alabang Clinic today, which contains an order to close the clinic’s pharmacy.
“However, our Alabang clinic fully cooperated and allowed the inspection of the pharmacy. Furthermore, the FDA, upon inspection, found no presence of the products in question and therefore did not padlock the clinic as opposed to what was recently inaccurately reported.
“We would also like to clarify that we have submitted our response today to the FDA, which is within the prescribed period stated in their Summons which we received last February 9, 2018, contrary to what was also reported earlier.
“We reiterate that we understand and support the FDA’s mandate and we have undertaken all necessary steps to comply. However, we would like to express our concern as to how these inspections have been conducted with the presence of the press. We feel that this is unnecessary and highly irregular.”
The Belo Medical Group assured its clients and the public that its products complied with regulatory standards.
The FDA earlier ordered the company to stop selling some of its cosmetics and drugs as the products were not registered and did not undergo a certification process.