Distribution, promotion of ivermectin as COVID-19 treatment illegal, DOH warns

Robie de Guzman   •   April 7, 2021   •   437

 

MANILA, Philippines — Persons distributing and promoting anti-parasitic drug ivermectin as a treatment for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) may face penalties for violating the law, the Department of Health (DOH) warned Wednesday.

“The most important law that is being violated for this supposed dispensing of ivermectin is Republic Act 9711. Ito yung FDA (Food and Drug Administration) Act, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a virtual press briefing when asked about the possible liability of people pushing for the use of the drug to treat COVID-19.

“Specific to that law sinabi mismo na yung mga hindi rehistradong gamot ay hindi natin pwedeng ipagamit sa ating mga kababayan,” she added.

The FDA Act prohibits the “manufacture, importation, exportation, sale, offering for sale, distribution, transfer, non-consumer use, promotion, advertising, or sponsorship of any health product that is adulterated, unregistered or misbranded.”

Those who will violate the law may face up imprisonment of up to ten years or a fine up to P5 million.

Vergeire stressed that only healthcare professionals can prescribe medicines to patients.

“We would like to advise the public that if you take unregistered medicines, the government cannot assure that they are really safe for you and can really protect you for that specific disease,” she said in a mix of Filipino and English.

The DOH repeated its warning against using unregistered drugs amid discussions on the use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19 despite the recommendations of health experts.

The FDA earlier said that the ivermectin drug is not registered for human use in the country and that the anti-parasitic drug commercially available are for veterinary use.

The drug is used to prevent heartworm disease and treat internal and external parasites.

Taguig City launches home service vaccination program

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 20, 2021

The Taguig City Government on Monday (April 19) launched its home service vaccination program.

In a statement, the local government said it has expanded its reach to vaccinate residents amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

It announced that it has deployed doctors and nurses for the inoculation of bed-ridden residents for the home service vaccination program.

Residents who want to avail of the home service vaccination for their bedridden family members may call the designated telephone numbers of Taguig Telemedicine in barangay health centers as well as the city’s COVID-19 Hotline.

As of April 18, 2021, Taguig City has already vaccinated a total of 23,146 citizens.

Taguig City Mayor Lino Cayetano said the local government “must ensure that there are more locations and safer ways for residents, especially the vulnerable sector, to have access to the vaccine.” AAC

PH posts 7,379 new COVID-19 cases; 21,664 recoveries

Robie de Guzman   •   April 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines’ tally of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) reached 953,106 on Tuesday after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 7,379 additional infections.

In its bulletin, the DOH said the latest figure pushed the country’s total active cases to 127,006.

The agency noted however, that the tally does not include data from eight laboratories that failed to submit their reports on time.

Ngayong 4 PM, Abril 20, 2021, ang Department of Health ay nakapagtala ng 7,379 na karagdagang kaso ng COVID-19….

Posted by Department of Health (Philippines) on Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The total recoveries rose to 809,959 after 21,664 more patients recuperated from the viral respiratory disease.

The death rose increased to 16,141 with 93 new fatalities.

DFA reports 19 new COVID-19 cases among overseas Filipinos

Marje Pelayo   •   April 20, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has logged 19 new COVID-19 cases among Filipinos abroad, bringing the total tally to 18,160 as of Tuesday (April 20).

Meanwhile, the agency also recorded 13 new recoveries, and 6 new fatalities among overseas Filipinos.

To date, there are 5,877 Filipinos undergoing treatment at home and in various facilities in a total of 91 countries and territories across the globe.

 

 

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