5 May 2021 – Metro Manila
The Bureau of Customs – Ninoy Aquino International Airport (BOC-NAIA) on Tuesday intercepted 20,000 undeclared ivermectin tablets and other regulated drugs concealed in a shipment from New Delhi, India.
Ivermectin is claimed by some as a possible cure against COVID-19. But health experts said there is not enough proof the antiparasitic drug can treat or prevent coronavirus infection.
For now, the Food and Drug Administration only issues a compassionate special permit to use ivermectin.
“In case ivermectin has been granted authorization, a valid license to operate as drug importer and emergency use authorization or certificate of product registration shall be presented,” FDA Center for Drug Regulation and Research Director Jesusa Cirunay said in her response to the BOC’s query.
The BOC-NAIA said it remains committed to expedite the processing and release of COVID-19 vaccines, drugs, and other medical supplies. But it will also strengthen border security to curb smuggling, the agency added.