Duque on Ivermectin prescriptions: “Kung totoo man yon na nakalagay sa isang tissue or bond paper lang, so part of what the FDA needs to do is investigate such reports.”
IVERMECTIN – Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III said that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must investigate reports of the antiparasitic drug prescriptions written on bond paper amid distribution in Quezon.
Earlier, Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta and Anak-Kalusugan Partylist Representative Mike Defensor continued to distribute free Ivermectin to several residents of Barangay Matandang Balara, Quezon City despite stern warnings from the FDA and objections from doctors.
According to reports, the prescriptions provided by their doctors were written on a piece of paper and not on a prescription pad.
“Kung totoo man yon na nakalagay sa isang tissue or bond paper lang, so part of what the FDA needs to do is investigate such reports. The accountability is clear it is the doctor who prescribed it who will answer for his action,” Duque said in an interview.
According to the law, all prescriptions must contain specific details which include the name of the prescriber, address, professional registration number, and tax receipt number.”
“Dapat sundin ito, hindi puwedeng token prescription lang,” he said.
Last month, the Food and Drug Administration Philippines (FDA) issued an advisory regarding patronization of the veterinary product Ivermectin.
According to the FDA: “Per FDA Advisory No. 2021-0526 issued on 15 March 2021, the FDA advises the public AGAINST the purchase and use of Ivermectin veterinary products against COVID-19.”
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