The Department of Health (DOH) has suspended the receiving of deliveries of face shields from Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corporation that is currently embroiled in Senate hearing over its bagging at least P8 billion in contracts for Covid-19 medical equipment from the government.
The DOH is also probing the alleged tampering of manufacturing dates of face shields purchased from the company.
“The DOH has decided to suspend acceptance and further deliveries of face shields from Pharmally, pending the conclusion of the investigations in the Department,” said Atty. Charade Mercado-Grande, Undersecretary of the Health Regulation Team, in a statement.
“We are aware of the statements made by Pharmally employees about the tampering of the production date on the certificate. Out of prudence and caution, the DOH has decided to suspend the succeeding deliveries to protect the interest and safety of our healthcare workers,” she added.
The DOH said it has been directed by Secretary Francisco Duque III to conducting a “comprehensive review” of the department’s with transactions with Pharmally, including the inspection of incoming or currently housed stocks of personal protective equipment (PPE) procured from the company purchased through the Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM).Pharmally is under fire over its getting P8 billion in contracts from the PS-DBM when it only has a paid-in capital of P625,000.