Public warned against ‘Maitong’ drug supplement

DAGUPAN CITY — The Region 1 Medical Center (R1MC) has warned the public to refrain from buying drug supplements, particularly those which are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

This was after an incident last March 28 at the R1MC out-patient department (OPD) wherein a relative of a patients reported to the hospital staff that a certain person, who claimed to have been endorsed by the R1MC, offered a drug supplement.

Dr. Elaine Rose Maralli, chief resident of the R1MC internal medicine, said the alleged therapist who introduced himself as Rene Dela Cruz went to the house of the patient and offered rehabilitation therapy and a drug supplement called ‘Maitong’ amounting to almost PHP2,000.

“He claimed he was endorsed by the R1MC, particularly by resident physician, Dr. Arlene Andres,” she added.

Maralli said Andres immediately denied her involvement on the matter.

Meanwhile, Dr. Cesar Guico, chief of clinics, said R1MC never sells or endorses such drugs or services

He further noted that the Center only endorses its rehabilitation clinic and generic medicines.

With this, R1MC doctors urged the public to be more vigilant in choosing which medical services and drugs to avail.

“Please do not buy those questionable drugs such as the Maitong supplement,” said Dr. Zaldy Guico, chief of medical professional staff.

He added that once they obtain sample of the ‘Maitong’ supplement, their management will immediately conduct analysiss since the issue poses a health hazard. PNA/