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DOH releases new graphic health warnings for cigarette packages
by UNTV | Posted on Tuesday, March 6th, 2018
One of the new graphic health warning that will appear to cigarette packs
MANILA, Philippines — The Republic Act No. 10643 or Graphic Health Warning Law mandates the Department of Health (DOH) to release new graphic health warning labels for cigarette packs in every two years.
DOH released the new templates on March 3 .
The new templates show the health dangers of smoking cigarettes such as gangrene, emphysema, neck cancer, mouth cancer, asthma, still and premature birth.
“The old ones are saturated already and they’re somehow numb so they just ignore those old graphic warnings. So part of the strategy is to ensure that you have new graphic health warnings each time,” said health chief, Francisco Duque.
The Graphic Health Warning Law states that the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) will be the lead agency to monitor and implement the said law especially in terms of imposing taxes.
“We set it on March 3 and the monitoring and the implementation are supposed to be done by BIR, in terms of taxes,” said DOH Usec. Eric Domingo.
Based on the figures of the World Health Organization (WHO), there are 1.4 billion smokers worldwide, and 4.9 million die yearly due to smoking.
The DOH figures show that 240 Filipino smokers die every day.
The health department is hoping that the implementation of the said law will help lower the cases of respiratory illnesses and death cases due to smoking. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) will push through with the filing of a complaint against French pharmaceutical firm Sanofi Pasteur after it repeatedly refused to refund the amount the government paid for unused Dengvaxia vaccines.
It can be noted that Sanofi also refused to provide indemnification fund for the 837,000 Dengvaia vaccinees.
“The case build-up takes time. It can never be a product of haste because if you do that you might set up yourself for an embarrassing legal defeat, which we do not want,” said health chief, Francisco Duque.
The health secretary said the DOH might use as evidence the revelation made by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) during the House inquiry.
The FDA divulged on Tuesday that Sanofi did not reveal to the Philippine government that people without prior dengue infection should not use Dengvaxia.
Based on FDA’s investigation, the pharmaceutical giant has been aware of the negative effects of Dengvaxia this is why it was able to warn Singapore about it.
In a statement, Sanofi said it has been seeking to hold discussions with the DOH to search for ways to address the dengue problem in the Philippines.
However, the company claimed that DOH refused to talk to them.
“It is not very clear where they are coming from. I do not understand the framework. I don’t understand the plan they are talking about. It is very nebulous,” Duque said. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue
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