Sanofi should give full refund for P3.5B dengue vaccine – Dick
Drugmaker Sanofi Pasteur should give a full refund of P3.5-billion paid by the government in supplying Dengvaxia dengue fever vaccine, Sen. Richard Gordon on Friday said.
“That has just to be done. Sanofi can afford that. They have to be answerable. May recklessness sila eh at itinulak (yung pagbili ng vaccine),” he said in a radio interview.
“If Sanofi doesn’t want to get into more trouble, magbabayad ‘yan,” Gordon added.
“Isipin mo na lang, paano makapag-supply ang Sanofi for one million patients, for 700,000 people, nasa shelf ba ‘yan? Syempre gagawin muna nila ‘yan. So ang tingin ko talagang tinulak nila yung product dahil nagmamadali,” he further said.
Based on the timeline, Gordon said the company held meetings with former Pres. Benigno Aquino III twice sometime in Dec. 2015 and in less than a week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), approved of its use for the Department of Health’s (DOH) immunization program.
“Ang OIC (officer-in-charge) sa FDA noon si (then DOH) Sec. (Janet) Garin, which is very irregular. Tapos by Dec. 29 nakakuha na sila ng SARO (Special Allotment Release Order) at ito ni-realign nila yung pera na P3.5 billion which is prohibited under the law,” he said.