MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday said that reports of invalid prescriptions allegedly issued during the distribution of ivermectin drugs by two lawmakers will be endorsed to the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC).
In a statement, the DOH said this is to determine the veracity of the reports and impose sanctions as deemed necessary, based on existing laws.
The DOH issued the statement following reports that members of the Concerned Doctors and Citizens PH allegedly wrote prescriptions on a sheet of paper instead of a prescription pad during the distribution of ivermectin drugs led by Representatives Rodante Marcoleta and Mike Defensor.
The department said a valid prescription should contain the date of prescription, the patient’s name, age, and sex. Pertinent details about the prescribing physician should also be included such as name, office address, professional regulation number, and professional tax receipt number (if applicable).
The agencies called on those who received the prescriptions and the drugs to report any invalid prescriptions to the PRC, and any adverse reactions to the FDA at (02) 8809-5596 or email@example.com.
The DOH and FDA also urged the public to be “vigilant and sufficiently assess any prescriptions provided to them, as these prescriptions will protect them and ensure accountability from the issuing professional.”
The two agencies also reiterated that they are not recommending the use of the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin for the treatment of COVID-19 due to insufficient scientific evidence.
“We have said this many times before and we will say it again. We do not recommend the use of ivermectin for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 as the benefits of this anti-parasitic drug for this purpose have not been established,” the two agencies said.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III also expressed concern over the danger of self-administering ivermectin and called on the public to “refrain from self-medicating and indiscriminately using this potentially harmful product.”