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Asin Law or R.A 8172 in relation to R.A 9711 explained


Oishi manju

Is Asin Law applicable for Manju Oishi?

What is the relation of Republic Act no 8172 to R.A 9711? And how should the circular of the Department of Health vis-a-vis any issuance of the Food and Drugs Administration concerning the issue be interpreted.

The former law is known as Asin law or “An Act Requiring Salt Iodization Nationwide and for related purposes”. The latter is FDA Act of 2009 or  “An Act Strengthening and Rationalizing the Regulatory Capacity of the Bureau of the Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) by Establishing Adequate Testing Laboratories and Field Offices, Upgrading its Equipment, Augmenting its Human Resource Complement, Giving Authority to Retain its Income, Renaming it to Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), Amending Certain Sections of Republic Act no. 3720, as Amended, and Appropriating Funds Thereof”. (more…)

100% salary increase for devolved health workers


Conference

Discussions on salary increase

Is 100% salary increase under Joint Resolution No. 4 not applicable to devolved health workers? To better understand the controversy on the implementation of salary increase under the law, the following antecedent facts may be reviewed.

Under Republic Act no. 7160, basic health services were devolved to the LGUs, more specifically:

1) to the municipalities – the implementation of programs and projects on primary health care, maternal and child care, and communicable and non-communicable disease control services, access to secondary and tertiary health services; purchase of medicines, medical (more…)

Rules on Price freeze of medicines during disasters


Hotel convention

Attending a convention

The Department of Health (DOH) recently issued the guidelines for price freeze of medicines during disasters and emergencies.This is pursuant to Republic Act no. 7581 or “An Act Providing protection to Consumers by Stabilizing the Prices of Basic Necessities and Price Commodities and by Prescribing Measures Against undue Price Increases during Emergency Situation and like Situations”.

The new guidelines under DOH Administrative Order no. 2014-0001 dated January 1, 2014 was issued to guide consumers, hospitals, private and public drug outlets, other health care facilities and other government entities on the ethical prices of medicines during states of national calamities and emergencies. (more…)

DOH’s ‘2 work shift duty’ for nurses in hospitals


Convention delegates

Convention Hall Entrance

Due to adopted practices of some hospitals and clamor for approval for a divergent work schedule, Department of Health (DOH) issued Department Circular no. 2013-0423 prescribing for guidelines on allowing two (2) work shift duty for nurses in hospitals. Under the previously issued AO no. 2012-0012, hospitals are to maintain the 1:12 nurse to bed ratio on a three (3) work shifts in twenty four (24) hours.

This circular is a modification of the latter or the “Rules and Regulations Governing the New Classification of Hospitals and Other Health Facilities in the Philippines”.

Under the new guidelines, the two work shift schedule is (more…)

Business Ethics in Biopharmaceutical Sector


Students

Students on the watch

The Mexico City “voluntary codes of business ethics” was recently adopted by Food and Drugs Administration. Under FDA Circular no. 2013-024, dated September 5, 2013, ethical violations are grounds for filing appropriate administrative charges and/or imposition of administrative sanctions such as, but not limited to, imposition of fines, suspension, cancellation or revocation of any license, permit or registration issued by FDA.

The circular was issued as a result of the 17th APEC Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Ministerial Meeting, where the “The Mexico City Principles” was  endorsed. The principles aim to:

  • Significantly reduce ethics compliance costs for SMEs by (more…)