Shopee, Lazada fined for selling meds illegally

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    SHOPPEE Philippines, Lazada Philippines, and two other online shopping platforms have been fined by the Food and Drug Administration for continuing to sell medicines illegally despite warnings, according to Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo.

    “If they continue doing these illegal activities, then we have to file legal complaints against them,” Domingo also said.

    Lazada had the biggest fine at P500,000. It was followed by Merz Pharmacy which was lapped with a P240,000 fine, Online Grocery Ph with P200,000 and Shopee with P100,000.

    Domingo, FDA officer-in-charge, said the fine was based on the “number of drug products that they offered online.”

    He also said the action taken against the shopping outlets will hopefully serve as a warning to others selling medicines online.

    “To our online platforms, if you don’t have a license to operate, then you really can’t sell medicines. Its sale cannot go through your platforms because it is against the law,” he said.

    “As for drugstores, you are only allowed to sell your product within the premises of the store. And if you want to accept online orders, you can apply for it as an extra activity with the FDA,” he added.

    In June this year, the FDA directed Shopee Philippines and Lazada Philippines to stop selling and offering for sale drug products online until they have secured licenses from the agency.