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Senate supports DOH’s request to use a chunk of Dengvaxia refund  

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Senator Richard “Dick” Gordon

MANILA, Philippines — The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee supports the Department of Health’s (DOH) intention to use a portion of Sanofi Pasteur’s Dengvaxia refund.

Senator Richard Gordon has even filed a bill on the matter.

DOH wants to utilize P300,000 of the  P1.16-billion refund money for dengue kits and surveillance officers who will monitor the condition of Dengvaxia vaccinees.  — UNTV News & Rescue

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Health chief warns hospitals over Dengvaxia case refusal

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

MANILA, Philippines — Hospitals will face cancellation of PhilHealth accreditations and licenses if proven to have rejected emergency cases especially those Dengvaxia-related concerns.

This is a warning made by Health Secretary Francisco Duque III during his inspection at San Lorenzo Ruiz Women’s Hospital in Malabon and in Navotas City hospitals on Thursday.

He stressed that government hospitals are obliged to setup dengue or Dengvaxia fast lane to prioritize patients with such cases.

“Kung ang inyo pong mga tanggapan ay punung-puno ng pasyente (If your office is filled with patients), it still does not exempt you from giving emergency care,” said the health chief.

Duque said that experts from UP-PGH are continuing with their investigation on Dengvaxia-linked deaths.

Out of 14 bodies of children they examined, three were linked to the Dengvaxia vaccination.

“They died of dengue shock syndrome. And their theory is, it could be because of vaccine failure or the phenomenon of antibody-dependent enhancement,” said Duque.

Meanwhile, the secretary is leaving it up to the Senate whatever the outcome of the investigation on Dengvaxia will be and vows to respect its result.

“Senator Gordon is a topnotch lawyer. So I would want to respect whatever is the outcome of the investigation that was conducted,” said the health secretary. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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DOH open to work with PAO for legal battle vs Sanofi

by UNTV   |   Posted on Saturday, March 10th, 2018

Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) is open to working with the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) in the case that they are preparing against pharmaceutical giant, Sanofi Pasteur, in relation to the Dengvaxia controversy.

“We’ve always been open from day one. We never shut our doors to them. We were open since day one. We’re always open because we believe that we have to approach this from the whole of government approach, therefore, we should complement,  therefore we should cooperate,” said health chief, Francisco Duque III.

The health secretary made this statement when he visited the Rizal Medical Center (RMC) in Pasig City.

Duque added that the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) will represent DOH and will hold the case being prepared versus Sanofi Pasteur.

“You have to have very strong pieces of evidence. Otherwise, if you do it sloppily like other people do it,  you could set up yourselves in an embarrassing legal defeat. So we don’t like that,” said Duque.

Meanwhile, RMC has recorded a low number of hospital admissions for Dengvaxia immunized patients.

Only 262 cases were recorded in the said hospital from January to March 9, 2018

Duque said the cases were not attributable to Dengvaxia. — Mai Bermudez | UNTV News and Rescue

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Health advocate group stages protest vs Sanofi Pasteur

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

Coalition for People’s Right to Health

MANILA, Philippines —A health advocate group dashed to Sanofi Pasteur’s office in Taguig City condemning the pharmaceutical company’s alleged neglect over the Dengvaxia anomaly.

The Coalition for People’s Right to Health said that Sanofi violated the rights of patients to know the real effects of Dengvaxia vaccine.

The health advocate group insisted that Sanofi must pay the parents of Dengvaxia vaccinees.

The group also blames the administration of former President Benigno Aquino III who led the vaccination program on thousands of children in the country. — UNTV News & Rescue

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