One of the most controversial scenes in Miss Granny involves Sarah Geronimo's character ordering Valium over the counter in a drugstore.
In the movie, Sarah plays the younger version of Aling Fely (initially played by Nova Villa). Aling Fely finds herself magically transformed into the body of her younger self.
For this reason, the young Aling Fely becomes agitated and enters a drugstore where she demands for Valium. The pharmacist gives her Valium even though she did not present a prescription.
Days after the August 20 premiere of Miss Granny, Viva Films addressed those criticizing the scene wherein Valium was sold over the counter even though in real life, one needs a doctor's prescription in order to avail of the drug.
Producer Viva Films indicated that it "truly regrets the confusion said scene has caused its viewers."
Here is Viva Films' official statement Re: A Scene From Miss Granny:
"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.
"Diazepam 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."
This movie directed by Bb. Joyce Bernal is graded A by the Cinema Evaluation Board. It also stars Xian Lim and James Reid.
On September 3, Viva Films announced that Miss Granny earned P135 million in the box office to date.