18 Jul 2019
Philippines: falsified rabies vaccines and rabies immunoglobulin- updateWorld Health Organization issue a second alert about circulating falsified rabies vaccine and rabies immunoglobulin in the Philippines
- This updates the news item of 9 July 2019
In January 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a Medical Product Alert confirming the identification of falsified ‘Verorab’ rabies vaccine being used in Philippines .
On 17 July 2019, the WHO issued a new Medical Product Alert about three different falsified rabies vaccines (Verorab, Speeda and Rabipur) and one falsified rabies immunoglobulin product (Equirab) identified in the country . There is no evidence that the product has been distributed outside of the Philippines.
Health care professionals with concerns about a patient who may have received falsified rabies vaccine in the Philippines can call the Public Health England Rabies and Immunoglobulin Service (RIgS) for further advice.
- World Health Organization Medical Product Alert N° 1/2019 Falsified Rabies Vaccines circulating in the Philippines [Accessed 18 July 2019]
- World Health Organization. Medical Product Alert No 8/2019. Falsified Rabies Vaccine and Anti-Rabies Serum circulating in the Philippines [Accessed 18 July 2019]