The PMA warned physicians against prescribing Ivermectin outside of hospitals that granted compassionate use.
The Philippine Medical Association (PMA) warned physicians against prescribing Ivermectin outside of hospitals that granted compassionate use of the said drug.
In a statement on Saturday, the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) reiterated its warning that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) already cautioned that manufacturing and dispensing of unregistered drugs — including Ivermectin — would be prosecuted as a violation of the FDA Act of 2009.
PMA’s statement came after Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said that the Food and Drug Administration must investigate reports of “token” prescription during the distribution of the said drug in Quezon City.
This, after doctors who joined Representatives Mike Defensor and Rodante Marcoleta’s distribution of Ivermectin wrote their prescriptions on a blank bond paper and not on a prescription pad.
The association also said that Ivermectin must be prescribed and must be used within the same hospital and the prescribing doctor must inform the patient of this “compassionate use” category with unproven end result as well.
“The drug Ivermectin may not be prescribed by any physician outside the designated authorized hospital. Its prescription as a prophylactic medicine against COVID-19 strongly not advised,” the Philippine Medical Association said in a statement.
Also, scientists have warned against taking Ivermectin as a treatment for COVID-19. According to the Food and Drug Administration, the distribution of the said drug as part of COVID-19 treatment was still prohibited.
At present, at least five (5) hospitals had been granted compassionate use for the said drug.