“Miss Granny” producer Viva Films on Monday addressed criticisms regarding a scene in the family dramedy involving the purchase of drugs, saying it “truly regrets the confusion” that the depiction may have caused.
The scene, which takes place inside a drug store, shows a panicked Fely (Sarah Geronimo) demanding to be given “pampakalma,” or medicine to help her calm down, after finding out she, a grandmother, has magically regained her youthful appearance.
The pharmacist suggests Valium, or diazepam, and hands it to Fely over the counter, noticeably without any prescription.
“Miss Granny,” which was released August 22, drew large crowds on its opening week, and to date has already earned over P135 million in ticket sales.
While it has earned raves, specifically for Geronimo’s portrayal, some moviegoers didn’t let pass the drug store scene, and took to Twitter to air their concerns.
Acknowledging the criticism, Viva Films through its social media channels released a statement Monday, cautioning its audience about dangerous drugs and clarifying the proper dispensing of drugs such as diazepam.
It also expressed support for the government’s anti-illegal drugs drive.
It said: “Viva Films recognizes that dangerous drugs, such as diazepam (Valium), can have harmful effects on a person’s physical and mental well-being. Even though a scene in its film presented the dispensing of diazepam in an entertaining and humorous manner, the drug’s effects, when not taken as prescribed, is no laughing matter.
“Viva Films wishes to remind its viewers that under current laws and regulations, diazepam must only be dispensed by a licensed pharmacist to a legitimate patient when filling a prescription issued by a PDEA registered S-2 licensed medical practitioner.
“Diazapem is not an over-the-counter drug. Viva Films truly regrets the confusion said scene has caused its viewers. Viva Films stands with PDEA in its strict enforcement of laws and regulations on dangerous drugs. It continues to support the government’s fight against illegal drugs.”