The DOH vowed to take action against Ivermectin distribution in the Philippines.
On Monday, the Department of Health (DOH) vowed to take action against the distribution of Ivermectin capsules to residents in the Philippines.
In an online press briefing, Health Undersecretary and spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire said that the Department of Health will “uphold the law” in addressing the distribution of Ivermectin.
“We will act accordingly, according to the existing laws that we have in the country, according to identified violations, according to the accountable persons. We are onto that position and direction na i-a-uphold namin kung ano ang sinasabi sa batas, at gagawin po namin ‘yan,” Vergeire said when asked if the health department was looking at possible liabilities of the lawmakers.
Vergeire issued the warning after Sagip party-list Rep. Rodante Marcoleta and Anakalusugan party-list Rep. Mike Defensor gave away free Ivermectin capsules to at least 200 individuals in Quezon City last Thursday.
However, some prescriptions issued by participating physicians during the activity were merely written on a blank bond paper and didn’t have pertinent details of the prescribing doctor.
According to Vergeire, the Department of Health had already sent a formal letter to the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) last Friday to relay reports of invalid prescriptions that were given during the activity.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) warned physicians against prescribing the said drug outside of hospitals that granted compassionate use.
Currently, at least five (5) hospitals had been granted “compassionate use” for the said drug.
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