Selling of medicines in Mandaue sari-sari stores soon to be regulated

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SELLING of medicines in sari-sari stores will soon be regulated in Mandaue City once a proposed ordinance regulating the same becomes a local law.

This, as the Mandaue City Council approved on first reading a draft ordinance that will regulate the dispensing, selling, and reselling of pharmaceutical products in sari-sari stores and other similar outlets.

City Councilor Nerissa Soon-Ruiz, chairman of the Committee on Health, said on Friday, August 26, 2022, during the City Council regular session, that the measure seeks to ensure that sari-sari stores will not be selling fake antibiotic medicines.

Soon-Ruiz co-authored the ordinance (DO) 126 proposed by City Councilor Joel Seno.

She said taking over-the-counter antibiotics without proper prescription may even cause more harm than good.

Soon-Ruiz said the measure, once approved on final reading, would be implemented by the City Health Office (CHO).

As stated in the proposed legislation, the CHO will be required to create a task force that will monitor the sari-sari stores.

The barangays will also be tasked to assist the City Government by conducting Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) for the store owners in their respective community, integrating and regulating their barangay permits, and reporting any violators to the authority.

Under the proposed ordinance, retail stores that will be caught selling fake drugs will pay a fine ranging from P1,000 to P5,000 and an imprisonment of six months to one year pursuant to Section 45 of the Republic Act 10918, otherwise known as the Philippine Pharmacy Act.

Soon-Ruiz said the ordinance does not directly suspend but monitor the selling of medicines in retail stores.

The proposed ordinance will possibly undergo its second reading during the City Council's next session on Monday, August 29.

On February 17, 2022, the Department of the Interior and Local Government urged the local government units to enact ordinances banning the sale of medicines in sari-sari stores nationwide after the Food and Drug Administration received reports that at least 185 sari-sari stores were illegally selling medicines, including the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) medicines, but only nine of these were confirmed doing it. (HIC, TPT)