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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

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 5, 2017

Sep 05, 2017 - 10:25 AM

Hello Here are the stories you shouldn t miss this Tuesday

ESCAPE FROM MYANMAR. Rohingya refugees travel on an open-back truck on Teknaf-Cox's Bazar highway near Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh, on September 3, 2017. Jasmin Rumi/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

DOH mulls covering e-cigarettes in smoking ban implementation

Jun 01, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial also reveals her department s plan to bring to the Philippines a technology that will detect ambient nicotine present indoors

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

#PinayTakeAction: Let's talk about reproductive health

May 28, 2017 - 9:40 PM

Watch our discussion on reproductive health and find out how you can take action

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

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

Obama presses Congress for Zika funding as worries grow

Aug 27, 2016 - 11:38 PM

Obama says Congress should treat Zika like the threat that it is and fully fund our Zika response

US President Barack Obama. File photo from the White House

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

SONA 2016: Duterte urges full implementation of RH law

Jul 25, 2016 - 6:15 PM

But the President is silent on a 2015 temporary restraining order from the Supreme Court which advocates consider the biggest challenge in implementing the reproductive health law

IMPLEMENT RH. In his first State of the Nation Address, President Rodrigo Duterte says the reproductive health law 'must be put into full force'. Screenshot from RTVM

To avoid RH law delays, economic planning chief proposes Duterte EO

Jul 07, 2016 - 5:42 PM

NEDA chief Ernesto Pernia fears the effects of the TRO – maternal deaths teenage pregnancies and unwanted pregnancies – could become bigger social problems in the long run

Challenges for next health chief: Immunization, TRO on implants

Jun 15, 2016 - 5:22 PM

Janette Garin hopes her successor won t have to encounter the inconveniences and problems she had to go through in her one year and 4 months as health secretary

US probes target health care startup Theranos

Apr 19, 2016 - 3:54 PM

Federal prosecutors are investigating whether Theranos misled investors and regulators about its technology and its operations

In this file photo, Theranos chief executive Elizabeth Holmes gestures as she speaks at a Wall Street Journal technology conference in Laguna Beach, California on October 21, 2015. Glenn Chapman/AFP

China arrests 6 over fake infant formula

Apr 05, 2016 - 8:45 PM

State media reports say more than 17 000 cans of the counterfeit product were sold

US regulators approve 'female Viagra'

Aug 19, 2015 - 8:03 AM

Made by North Carolina based Sprout Pharmaceuticals Addyi also known as flibanserin receives the nod from the US Food and Drug Administration

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

Recto: We need food safety response teams

Jul 13, 2015 - 6:15 PM

The team will be composed of scientists and doctors who can be rapidly deployed to places hit by food poisoning outbreaks the senator says

Number of people sick from Davao candies jumps to 2,000

Jul 13, 2015 - 2:31 PM

UPDATED The Food and Drug Administration is investigating two facilities in Davao City that may have manufactured or mishandled the durian candies

Durian candymaker should face sanctions – Agusan del Sur official

Jul 12, 2015 - 1:47 PM

The maker of Wendy s Durian Candy should be sanctioned for selling products without the approval of the Food and Drug Administration says the Agusan del Sur vice governor

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

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

Isang babala tungkol sa Sehat Badan coffee

Jun 22, 2015 - 11:00 AM

Habang isinusulat ko ito may nakaratay sa ICU dahil sa kaiinom ng Sehat Badan coffee Para nyo nang awa huwag uminom ng kapeng ito Maaaring ikamatay nyo po ito

Trans fat is not safe and must be removed from food: US

Jun 16, 2015 - 10:36 PM

Partially hydrogenated oils known as trans fats are not safe to eat and must be removed from the food supply in the next three years US regulators say

BANNED. Dairy Fresh margarine, which contains trans fat, is displayed at a grocery store on November 7, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. File photo by Scott Olson / Getty Inages / AFP

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

FAQs on recalled US apples

Jan 27, 2015 - 12:56 PM

Here are some information you need to know about the recall of apples shipped by US based apple packer Bidart Brothers

OUTBREAK CULPRIT. The Bureau of Plant and Industry says no contaminated apples from the US, so far, has entered the country. Photo from Wikipedia

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

The dangers of ActRx TriAct, according to DOH

Dec 02, 2014 - 9:00 AM

The health department says researchers of the clinical trials must be held accountable if something happens to patients who were administered with the treatment

'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

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

Vials of smallpox discovered in US gov't storage room

Jul 09, 2014 - 7:52 AM

UPDATED The vials were labeled variola another name for smallpox and appear to date from the 1950s the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement

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

Skin whiteners, slimming pills most faked drugs in PH

May 07, 2014 - 2:35 PM

The Intellectual Property Office says unscrupulous traders are exploiting the aspiration of consumers especially women to have fair skin and slimmer bodies