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Are LGU Hospitals and RHUs exempt from PS limitation?


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White flower

A major issue in devolved health facilities, e.g, devolved hospitals and Rural Health Units (RHUs),  concerns the personal services (PS) limitation being applied to them pursuant to Section 325 (a) of R.A 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991.   This is invoked by majority of budget officers from the local government units (LGUs), thereby likewise limiting the capability of the local government units, in terms of health manpower requirements, to serve the health needs of constituents. Also, it is seemingly supported by some circular issued by Department of Budget and Management, e.g, Local Budget Circular no. 98, issued last October 14, 2011, which is a 180 degrees turn-around stand on the matter, in view of the previous favorable issuance, e.g, concerning public health workers (PHW) benefits under RA 7305, otherwise known as the Magna Carta for Public Health Workers, which exempts local health personnel from its coverage. (more…)

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


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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 (more…)

Rules on Price freeze of medicines during disasters


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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.

Under the nine-point implementing guidelines, upon declaration of state of calamity by the President, (more…)

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


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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 only applicable to general nursing (more…)

Business Ethics in Biopharmaceutical Sector


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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…)

FDA Sales Promotion Permit Guidelines


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Wall picture

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the current guidelines on sales promotion permit applications last July 5, 2013. Under FDA Memorandum Circular no. 2013-028, applicants are required to file their application for permit at least thirty (30) days before actual commencement of the sales promotion. This timeline is  pursuant to Article 116 of R.A 7394 otherwise known as “The Consumer Act of the Philippines“.

The Circular further informs concerned establishments e.g health products, advertising/promotional agencies and other parties concerned, to strictly observe said provision starting August 5, 2013.

The applications concerning the following (more…)

Philippine Law on Toys


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Dog watching toys

Philippines had recently passed Republic Act no. 10620, otherwise known as  “An Act Providing for Toy and Game Safety Labeling, Appropriating Funds Therefor”. It was passed by the Senate and House of Representatives  last June 5, 2013 and approved on September 3, 2013 by President Benigno S. Aquino III.

The law makes it unlawful for toys and games locally or internationally manufactured without safety labeling and manufacturer‘s markings found in the Philippines National Standards. It requires safety labeling for children’s toys only. In other words, the parents’ toys are exempted from the coverage of the law.

Balloons, balls, marbles, or toys or (more…)

Prayer to Hospital Owners


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Swimming at the pool

Oh, hospital owners, hear our prayer;

We, the regulatory officers, ought to inspect and monitor the following; the dietary preparation for patients in lieu of the foods and drinks offered to us, look into the manner of their accommodation instead of ours, see how they are welcomed in health facility more than our pompous welcome and to be compassionate to them more than to anybody else. (more…)