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DOH, doctors say 'no need to panic' over Japanese encephalitis

Sep 13, 2017 - 2:00 PM

The Food and Drug Administration warns parents against buying the Japanese encephalitis vaccine online Only Sanofi Pasteur is accredited to distribute the vaccine in the country

VACCINE PLANS. The DOH is planning to administer Japanese encephalitis vaccine for free in 2018. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Ubial expects TRO on implants to be lifted by September

Sep 04, 2017 - 4:55 PM

The Commission on Population also clarifies that the temporary restraining order on contraceptive implants has not become permanent

SC: TRO on implants final and executory

Sep 01, 2017 - 12:03 PM

There s nothing left to be done but to comply says Supreme Court spokesman Theodore Te

Supreme Court of the Philippines on Padre Faura in Manila

Duterte says Sereno 'sitting on' decision on RH 'medicines'

Aug 30, 2017 - 11:48 AM

If the TRO issued by the Supreme Court is not lifted soon 90 of contraceptive brands will be unusable come 2018

FDA to roll out mobile app digitizing logbooks in pharmacies

Aug 26, 2017 - 8:44 PM

The Electronic Logbook app is also designed to give real time updates to pharmacies when a medicine is recalled by the FDA

NEW TECHNOLOGY. A pharmacist takes a picture of a customer's prescription using the FDA Electronic Logbook. Screenshot from mClinica

FDA to hold hearing on contraceptives' certification on August 21

Aug 08, 2017 - 3:14 PM

The FDA will hold a series of summary hearings on contraceptives to comply with the SC s conditions to lift the TRO against two brands of implants

TO LIFT THE TRO. The Food and Drug Administration will conduct summary hearings on the certification of contraceptives in response to the SC TRO on implants.

Population Commission hopes SC will soon lift implants TRO

Jul 15, 2017 - 10:42 AM

We now have a roadmap wherein the TRO will be lifted we hope within the year says Commission on Population Executive Director Juan Antonio Perez III

SC file photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

FDA to hear soon whether implants cause abortion

May 30, 2017 - 8:02 PM

UPDATED The health secretary echoed the Supreme Court s explanation that the TRO would be deemed lifted if the questioned drugs and devices are found not abortifacient

Filipino women, couples 'facing limited choices for RH' – Ubial

May 26, 2017 - 7:20 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial says health workers face an unprecedented challenge but the agencies working on reproductive health will not falter

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH. In this file photo, Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial attends her confirmation hearing at the Office of the Senate in Pasay City on May 17, 2017. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

TRO on implants to stay, SC blames DOH for delay

May 26, 2017 - 4:37 PM

The High Court notes that the temporary restraining order it issued in 2015 never meant to enjoin the processing of the entire gamut of family planning supplies that have been declared as unquestionably non abortifacient

Swallowable balloons work to curb obesity – study

May 18, 2017 - 11:16 AM

The non surgical procedure is seen as a safer and less costly alternative to intragastric balloons that require surgery though some do not see it as a long term solution for weight problems

TOOL VS OBESITY? A swallowable balloon is in a capsule, and expanded using a catheter. Photo from Allurion.com

Cancer and the merchants of hope

Dec 02, 2016 - 11:45 AM

Complementary and alternative medicine must be taken seriously for a number of reasons

Garin not invited? House probe on dengue vaccine cut short

Nov 21, 2016 - 3:20 PM

A lawmaker also wants resource persons to secure approval from the organizations they represent before speaking about the government s school based dengue immunization program

DOH asks Supreme Court to lift TRO on contraceptives

Oct 10, 2016 - 11:35 PM

The DOH s motion for reconsideration also seeks the reversal of a decision that ordered the FDA to determine if certain contraceptive drugs and devices are abortifacients or non abortifacients

DOH wants P1.2-B reproductive health budget in 2017

Sep 14, 2016 - 4:52 PM

This is a huge jump from the P165 million proposal earlier presented by Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial before lawmakers at the House of Representatives

SC denies plea to lift TRO on distribution, sale of implants

Sep 14, 2016 - 8:36 AM

The High Court orders the Food and Drug Administration to find out whether certain contraceptive drugs and devices are abortifacients or not

Ekspor rumput laut Indonesia ke AS terancam

Aug 09, 2016 - 8:40 PM

Indonesia akan menderita kerugian hampir US 1 juta bila Amerika Serikat mengeluarkan rumput laut asal Indonesia dari daftar makanan organik

No more cancer-causing chemical in Belo Essentials products – ISCI

Aug 07, 2016 - 12:03 AM

Intelligent Skin Care Inc ISCI says they were unable to revise and adjust their packaging ingredients list because their supplier failed to inform them the banned ingredient had been removed

US finds GMO mosquitoes won't harm environment

Aug 06, 2016 - 8:19 AM

Male mosquitoes are engineered in an approach that Oxitec says can reduce the populations of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that can spread human viral diseases

File photo by Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA

US gives tentative OK to testing genetically modified mosquitoes

Mar 12, 2016 - 7:46 PM

The aim is to eliminate wild mosquito populations that spread infectious diseases such as Zika dengue chikungunya and West Nile

File photo by Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA

Makati gov’t confiscates beauty products sold in Guadalupe

Aug 18, 2015 - 9:55 PM

Under orders from acting Mayor Kid Peña the Makati Health Department confiscates beauty and cosmetic products banned by the Food and Drug Administration

BANNED. Acting Makati Mayor Kid Peña issues the directive after EcoWaste Coalition sent him a complaint letter about the products. File photo of Peña by Rob Reyes/Rappler

'Poisoned' durian candy contaminated with bacteria – DOH

Jul 16, 2015 - 5:56 PM

Wendy s Durian Candy tests positive for staphylococcus bacteria One of the victims is still in the hospital but will be discharged soon

CANDYMAKER. Wendy's Durian Candy manufacturer Janet Aquino holds up the product tag of their durian candy. File photo by Editha Caduaya/Rappler

8 students rushed to QC hospital after eating macapuno candy

Jul 16, 2015 - 5:05 PM

The incident comes a week after 2 000 people fell ill in the Caraga region after eating poisoned durian candies

Photo from Facebook page of Quirino Memorial Medical Center

PH targets P13B counterfeit goods to seize in 2015

Jul 07, 2015 - 8:58 PM

Philippine authorities will try to match 2014’s catch of more than P12B worth of illegal products and continue their information campaign about piracy

FAKE GOODS. The Philippines has seized about P775 million worth of counterfeit goods in the first half of 2015. Photo from Shutterstock / Ian Law

Supreme Court stops distribution, sale of implants

Jun 30, 2015 - 8:44 PM

What about the RH law? The High Court also temporarily prohibits the health department from granting any pending application for reproductive health commodities

Sehat Badan coffee still being sold illegally in PH

Jun 24, 2015 - 11:37 AM

Even the Indonesian government has warned the public against the Indonesian coffee which is reportedly being sold in the Philippines for as low as P180 per box

SC: Health dep't has no power to ban cigarette ads

May 21, 2015 - 8:14 PM

The Supreme Court upholds the appeals court ruling that only an inter agency committee can prohibit promotions and advertisements of tobacco products

Beat the heat: How to protect yourself with fruits this summer

Mar 31, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Fresh fruits can help you stay healthy in spite of the intense summer heat

Who will be Ona's successor?

Dec 20, 2014 - 2:51 PM

According to Rappler sources there are about 5 candidates being considered for the vacated post Among them are former health secretaries

COURTESY RESIGNATION. Former health secretary Enrique Ona resigns. File photo from the Department of Health

Anti-dengue drug trial 'beneficial' – Ona adviser

Dec 03, 2014 - 7:30 AM

Preferred and Proven Therapies Inc presents FDA issued permits which authorize the importation of the controversial anti dengue drug for clinical trials

DOH: No legal basis for Ona's order on anti-dengue treatment

Dec 01, 2014 - 1:46 PM

The DOH rebukes its own chief saying the clinical trials he ordered in September should not have taken place

'NO LEGAL BASIS.' The Department of Health says the controversial ActRx TriAct has not been registered with the Food and Drug Administration. File photo from the ActRx Operational Group website

Is Ona on his way out?

Nov 27, 2014 - 8:08 PM

UPDATED Health Secretary Enrique Ona expects to meet President Benigno Aquino III on the last day of his month long leave Whether he will be asked to stay on will depend on the President

GREEN LIGHT. Health Secretary Enrique Ona says they are ready as advocates anticipate the full implementation of the Reproductive Health law. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Sotto: Why bigger fund for contraceptives than drug rehab?

Nov 25, 2014 - 6:16 PM

Senator Vicente Tito Sotto III a staunch critic of the reproductive health law also questions why funds are being allocated for contraceptives that have yet to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration

'MISLEADING PROPOSAL.' Senator Vicente "Tito" Sotto III says proponents of legalizing marijuana are just "camouflaging" their proposal by using the term "medical marijuana" when it will just promote substance abuse. File photo from Senate website

PH doctors want task force on medical marijuana

Oct 02, 2014 - 9:02 AM

Various medical groups say that regulation of medical marijuana should be left to the Food and Drug Administration

Protecting our food and drugs

Sep 02, 2014 - 11:15 AM

While reform minded leadership will be useful in the Food and Drug Administration the only real safeguard is if reform stakeholders are numerous and influential enough to rebut any attempt to regress

'Forgotten freezer' held much more than smallpox – US

Jul 17, 2014 - 9:47 AM

US FDA: The investigation found 12 boxes containing a total of 327 carefully packaged vials labeled with names of various biological agents such as dengue influenza Q fever and rickettsia

UNDER THE LENS. Under a relatively-high magnification of 1125X, stained using the Gutstein's methyl violet staining method, this smallpox smear from a skin lesion of a smallpox patient revealed the presence of numerous viral particles, or elementary bodies (EBs), throughout the sample, which stain light to dark violet. Centers for Disease Control file photo

E-cigarettes to be regulated under new US plan

Apr 25, 2014 - 1:19 AM

Sellers would be required to enforce a minimum age restriction on those who wish to buy the products including requiring identification

US approves handheld injector for painkiller overdose

Apr 04, 2014 - 2:06 PM

US regulators approve Evzio a handheld naloxone injector that can revive people suspected of overdosing on prescription painkillers

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FDA orders recall of 1 batch of Lily's Peanut Butter

Apr 04, 2014 - 1:52 PM

The Food and Drug Administration says the anti nutritional toxin found in this particular batch of Lily s Peanut Butter can stunt the growth of children

Arroyo's alternative medicine doctor unlicensed

Apr 01, 2014 - 7:50 PM

Dr Antonia Park according to the Professional Regulatory Commission is not authorized to practice medicine in the Philippines She faces charges of estafa and reckless imprudence resulting in homicide

Potent new painkiller stokes alarm in US

Mar 08, 2014 - 10:20 AM

In a nation where some 15 000 people die annually from prescription painkiller use the drug s approval has raised alarm among doctors lawmakers and relatives of those lost to overdose

PAINKILLER? Andrew Kolodny, president of the group Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, says the approval of a drug that is going to make a serious problem 'worse' is 'shocking.' Image from drugfree.org

Eating healthy: 4 ways to keep your New Year's resolution

Jan 08, 2014 - 5:22 PM

The Food and Drug Administration gives consumers 4 tips on healthy eating

Opposition vs stem cell for unproven claims grows

Aug 28, 2013 - 10:44 PM

More doctors groups support the stand that stem cell therapy should only be administered upon the completion of clinical trials

FDA warns against flood-submerged products

Aug 21, 2013 - 11:02 PM

FDA cautions the public on Wednesday August 21 from the poor handling of food medicine and cosmetic products this rainy season

Health chief flip-flops on support for stem cell treatment

Aug 18, 2013 - 8:00 AM

DOH Secretary Enrique Ona in a speech encourages stem cell procedures that don t have therapeutic guarantees but says his stand on the matter is not final

Leachon asks Ona to resign over stem cell issue

Aug 15, 2013 - 7:11 PM

Rep Leachon says the DOH must not allow unregistered drugs in the market without proper clinical trials because lives are at stake

FDA forum on consumer reporting

Jul 27, 2013 - 9:53 PM

The Food and Drug Administration invites consumers to attend its learning forum on reporting adverse effects of drugs

Can PH regulate its e-cigarette industry?

Jul 24, 2013 - 10:15 AM

UPDATED The Food and Drug Administration will need extra resources and manpower to properly regulate the e cigarette industry

E-cigarettes: To ban or not to ban?

Jul 24, 2013 - 7:16 AM

Contrasting claims about the pros and cons of e cigarettes leave government in a quandary

15 contaminated Taiwan products banned in PH

Jun 08, 2013 - 7:11 PM

The government bans 15 Taiwan products that are contaminated with acid harmful to the kidney