Study: Improper Use of Contact Lenses May Result to Eye Infections and Damage

A study by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC found out that unsafe use of contact lenses may result to eye damage.  The researchers analyzed nearly 1,100 cases of eye infections related to use of contact lenses from  2005 to 2015.  According to the study, nearly 1 in 5 patients had either a scarred cornea, required a corneal transplant or had other types of eye damage because of the infection.  More than 10 percent of the patients had to go to a hospital ER or urgent care clinic for immediate treatment. To avoid eye damage, experts recommend the following: […]

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FDA issues warning on Serc, Stugeron and Ketorocin-0.5

The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) issued a public warning against selected anti-vertigo drugs and an ophthalmic preparation after having been found out to be unregistered in their agency.  The FDA said that these drugs may pose health risk if taken. Based on FDA Advisory No. 2016-084, it issued public health warning against purchase and intake of Betahistine dihydrochloride (Serc) 8 mg tablet made by Highnoon Laboratories Ltd.; Cinnarizine (Stugeron) 25 mg tablet of Johnson & Johnson – Pakistan (Private); Betahistine diHCl (Serc) 16 mg tablet of Abbott Healthcare SAS; and Ketorolac Tromethamine (Ketorocin-0.5) Ophthalmic Solution 5 mL made by Appasamy Ocular Devices […]

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List of DOH Hospitals with FREE Stroke Medicine

The Department of Health (DOH) launched a Stroke Medical Assistance Program last week in celebration of Brain Attack Awareness Week.  The assistance program aimed to make stroke medication alteplase or tissue plasminogen activator available to the public for free if availed through selected DOH government hospitals nationwide. The initiative came after an observation that patients who have had stroke are forced to be brought to a private hospital to seek urgent treatment for brain attacks. Not most of the time, the alteplase is available in government hospitals due to the high cost of the treatment. Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell […]

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PDEA names 7 new dangerous drugs

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) named seven (7) new additional substances to be included on the list of dangerous drugs based on the recommendations of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNOD), Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND). The 7 new dangerous drugs are: ACETYLFENTANYL, a powerful painkiller, which is five times more potent than heroin. It is disguised as oxycodone.  Overdose of the drug result to lethargy, disorientations, shallow breathing, bradycardia (slow heart rate), and hypotension (low blood pressure) MT-45 – is a piperazine derivative with potent analgesic activity comparable to morphine; PARA-METHOXYMETHYLAMPHETAMINE (PMMA) – it is a stimulant and psychedelic recreational drug which may […]

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How to avail of PCSO Individual Medical Assistance Program (IMAP)?

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office or PCSO is one of the government agencies which offers medical assistance for Filipino patients.   Through its Individual Medical Assistance Program (IMAP), the PCSO was able to help patients and families who are in need of financial assistance for confinement, surgical operations, chemotherapy, among others. The program was conceptualized in 1993 and has been continuously providing financial assistance to individuals who have health-related needs. Criteria on how avail of the PCSO IMAP: All Filipino patients who request for assistance, either personally or through a representative, on a health-related concern, including: Those confined in any health […]

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How to avail of PhilHealth Maternity Care Package (MCP)?

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), with its mandate to give financial risk protection and commitment to provide universal health insurance coverage to all Filipinos, has previously launched its Maternity Care Package (MCP) to all women who are about to give birth but are not members of PhilHealth. PhilHealth has recently offered their Maternity Care Package (MCP) to all expectant mother who are not yet members, to immediately enrol in the National Health Insurance Program to be automatically eligible for the benefits. To avail of the benefits, pregnant women who are not yet covered by PhilHealth are advised to do […]

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Netizens share Philippines’ Emergency Hotline 911 experience

On August 1, 2016, the Philippines launched its new central hotline 911 to receive calls from concerned citizens for any form of emergency such as fire, medical and police.   Since its launch date, the 911 Philippines Facebook page has received a number of good feedback from netizens who had first-hand experience with the central hotline. Here are a few of the experiences from netizens (courtesy of 911 Phillippines):

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Online PDEA S2 License: Application Requirements and Steps

Good news to all qualified health practitioners who want to renew their S2 license given by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency or PDEA! You can now get the license conveniently through the agency’s online application and avoid the long process of waiting at the counters. Who may avail of the S2 License online application? Renewal S2 applicants, i.e. Physicians, Dentists and Veterinarians who have applied personally at PDEA and whose information were already entered into the Automated Licensing System (ALS). What are the requirements?

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Blood Donation: Who can donate, how to and what are its benefits

The Department of Health is celebrating the annual National Blood Donor Month this July in cooperation with the World Health Organization. The two health agencies are urging the public to help in donating blood. Having been exposed in the hospital for several years now, I saw how a bag of blood can help save a life.  In every blood donation, you can save 3 to 4 patients who are in dire need of blood products. Who can donate blood? Anyone can donate so long as they have these criteria: Aged 16 to 65 years old Weight of not less than […]

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Strengthening RH Law, among Duterte administration’s 10-point Socioeconomic Agenda

The Philippine has one of the fastest growing population in Southeast Asia because of poor family planning methods despite the Reproductive Health (RH) bill has been passed into law.  In recent statistics, the Philippines have more than 100 million population and continuously rising. During one of his election campaigns, President Rodrigo Duterte had emphasized he would strengthen the RH Law and cited a three-child policy.  So that when he won in the presidential elections, he vowed for its full implementation. In his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 25, 2016, he emphasized the importance of its full […]

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