NBI nabs 7 suspects selling medicines donated to poor communities

The National Bureau of Investigation arrested seven suspects accused of selling medicines for kidney ailments traced to be part of supplies donated to poor communities.

The suspects were caught in a buy-bust operation, during which they sold government medicines under the Medical Assistance for Indigent Patients program to undercover agents.

The program is an initiative of the Department of Health, with the government-owned National Kidney Transplant Institute being one of the implementing agencies.

NBI officer-in-charge Eric Distor identified the subjects as Aliza Macalambs, Jen Tubongbanua, Clarita Selga, Maria Fe Nisnisan, Emilda Besmonte, Norhata Batua, and Virginia dela Cruz.

According Distor, the operation was conducted based on reports made by NKTI about the talks of unauthorized selling of MAIP medicines.

The suspects will face charges for alleged violation of the Food and Drug Administration Act of 2009.

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