CIDG arrests midwife selling fake medicine

OPERATIVES of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) on Tuesday, May 10, arrested in an entrapment a 37-year old midwife for illegal practice and use of fake glutathione, a skin whitening drugs.

CIDG Director, Chief Supt. Samuel Pagdilao, Jr. identified the arrested suspect as Catherine Santiago of 122 Medina St. Gen. T. De Leon, Valenzuela City.

Pagdilao said that Santiago was arrested by the elements of CIDG Anti-Organize Crime Division (AOCD) in an entrapment operation in front of a Mercury Drug branch along EDSA corner Congressional Avenue, Quezon City.

AOCD chief, Senior Supr. Ronald Estilles, said that Santiago was arrested after her victim, a certain Marivic Nudalo, lobbed a complaint against her at their office in Camp Crame.

Estilles said the suspect has been administering intravenous glutathione on the victim since March 17, but after 16 sessions the victim noticed that she didn’t get the expected result. The victim paid the suspect an amount of P7,000 per session.

The victim then appeared to the AOCD office in Camp Crame last April 8 and brought some samples of Acqua Ampule, Tationil Vial, Glutathione Saluta Vial and Vitamin C injection that the suspect administered on her.

“It turned out that these are fake and unregistered drug products after verification was made with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA),” Estilles said.

On Tuesday afternoon, AOCD operatives carried out an entrapment operation against the suspect that resulted to her arrest inside the car of the victim while on the act of administering glutathione whitening substance.

Confiscated from the suspect were one syringe with Acqua Tationil, 9 Acqua ampoules, 9 Tationil Vials, 10 Vitamin C Vials, 9 unused syringe and 10 unused butterfly needles.

Estilles said that Santiago will be charged in court with violation of Special Law on Counterfeit drugs aside from charges of illegal practice of medicine since she is not allowed to render glutathione administration. Anthony Vargas


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