Reso pushing for licensing of Consolacion pharmacy approved

THE Municipal Council of Consolacion has approved a resolution aiming to make its municipal pharmacy duly licensed under the Department of Health (DOH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in its continuous efforts to make its Municipal Health Center a primary health facility.

Municipal Councilor Lalinka Villo-Yu, proponent of the resolution, told SunStar Cebu on Friday, October 28, 2022, its objective is to help regulate the dispensing of drugs available in the Municipal Health Office.

Yu, who chairs the Committee on Health, Tourism, and Social Services, believes the resolution would be convenient for people in the town to ask for medicine, especially high-dose narcotics and anti-depressant drugs when needed in the guidance of the municipal physician.

Many patients at the health center struggled to get high-dose medicines before because the municipal pharmacy cannot easily dispense these kinds of drugs without a license, said Joel Acedo, public information officer of Consolacion.

Under the resolution, the Consolacion Municipal Health Center would need to secure a license to operate (LTO) from the DOH-FDA.

The LTO helps to ensure the safety and welfare of consuming health products given and distributed to the public will comply with Republic Act 9711 (Food and Drug Administration Act of 2009) in line with Republic Act 11223 (Universal Healthcare Act).

Yu said the approval of the health center's LTO would help increase its supply of medicine, especially to support its ongoing mental health program.

Among the medicines given freely at the Municipal Health Office were antipsychotic drugs, antibiotics, antipyretics, diabetes, and antihypertensive drugs, among others.

"We did not apply for an LTO before because we did not have a municipal pharmacist back then. Now, we finally have one," said Yu.

"I believe this would help us give the right and appropriate health services to the people with the help of our Municipal Health Officer Head, Dr. Fe Paradillo," she said.

The resolution was approved on Thursday, October 27. (HIC)