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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, July 12, 2011
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Sincere set to file charges

The  manager of the Sincere chain of drug stores yesterday said his company is pursuing charges against the Unilab Group, their distributor- Negros Grand Ventures Industries Inc. and  National Bureau of Investigation Manila agents.

Businessman Ricky Enriquez said the charges are in relation to  the raid they conducted on their drug stores that had tarnished their reputation.

NBI-Manila agents andrepresentatives of the Unliba group seized several boxes of alleged counterfeit medicines from seven branches of Sincere Drug Store and  its  storage facility at the reclamation port in Bacolod City during  a raid on June 16.

In a press conference at the Negros Press Club yesterday, Enriquez said he is now talking with  their lawyers on the  charges to file against Unilab Group, NBI and GVII.

It has been almost a month since the raid on the Sincere branches in Burgos, Libertad, Dela Rama Center, Gatuslao, Centroplex and Gonzaga and on their storage facility in Purok Dawis, Brgy. 14,but until now neither the  NBI nor BFAD havereleased any certification on whether the medicines confiscated from the pharmacies were indeed fake, Enriquez said.

No notice was also sent whether the charges for violation of Section 155 in relation to Section 170 of the Republic Act 8293 or the Intellectual Property Rights Code of the Philippines have already been filed against the Sincere drug store management, Enriquez added.

He said  it is not only Sincere that purchases medicines from NGVII, so it means, the medicines bought by other pharmacies from the same supplier could also be counterfeit.

Enriquez said he felt bad over  what happened to their drugstores because several hours before the raid, he had a lunch with two representatives from Unilab and NGVII.

He wrote NGVII a letter on July 4, asking for an explanation why NBI raided their drugstores because,  as far as they are concerned, the medicines they purchased from NGVII are authentic.  NGVII has not replied to the letter yet, he said.

Enriquez also vehemently denied allegations that they manufacture fake Unilab medicines.

One of the reasons,  he said,  why their store was singled out was thathe purchased Unilab medicines from a supplier outside the Visayas district.*APN

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