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The Dangerous Drugs Board appeals to doctors, pharmacists, and drug store personnel to consider the use of electronic prescription for medicines included in the list of dangerous drugs as the whole country is under a State of Calamity due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last week, DDB issued an advisory containing the guidelines allowing the use of electronic prescription for dangerous drugs. This means that patients, with legitimate needs, may ask their doctors to send them a photo or electronic copy of the Special or Ordinary Prescription for dangerous drugs which may be used for purchase or legitimate transactions.

DDB Chairman, Secretary Catalino S. Cuy, emphasized that this flexibility is the agency’s way of helping mitigate the impact of the Enhanced Community Quarantine due to the COVID-19 threat. “We want to ensure that patients will still be able to access their medications without having to physically go to their doctors to ask for prescription.”

According to Secretary Cuy, the DDB has always been strict with its protocols for prescribing and dispensing dangerous drugs. He added, however that “these tough times require extraordinary measures given that one way of controlling the spread of the virus is through social distancing and minimal interaction with others.”

True to its commitment, the DDB continues to assure the public that safety nets are still in place to avoid possible abuse and diversion of these substances. In coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, the use of medications listed as dangerous drugs are carefully monitored and evaluated. It likewise urges associations of Physicians and Pharmacists to help in the dissemination of the advisory on use of electronic prescription.

The Advisory issued on 18 March 2020 may be accessed and downloaded from the website of the DDB, www.ddb.gov.ph. Undersecretary Earl Saavedra stated in the DDB Advisory that the Electronic Prescription may be used by the patient or his/her representative and presented to a drugstore or pharmacy for proper dispensing of the required medication.

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