P100 Project piloted at Bontoc General Hospital
by Juliet B. Saley
Bontoc, Mt. Province (26 June) -- To ensure accessibility and availability of affordable quality essential drugs and medicines to DOH and local government unit (LGU) hospitals, the Department of Health has instituted a project called P100 Project.
Piloted in 100 hospitals (DOH and selected LGUs) including Mt. Province, this new generic drugs campaign aims to provide the public specially the poor individuals with quality drug packages for common diseases for only P100.
Under P100, public hospitals will be offering complete treatment in the form of "packages" for certain diseases at a cost of P100 or less. Consumers can get more value for their money since they can purchase a complete set of treatment drugs instead of buying them individually.
Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Nenita D. Lizardo said the P100 worth of treatment drug packages that are 100 percent safe and effective are available at the pharmacy of Bontoc General Hospital here. Prescribing physicians will be required under this project to state in their prescription the exact dosage per day the patient will be taking.
Lizardo said available medicines at the Bontoc General Hospital Pharmacy include Amlodipine 5mg; Felodipine 2.5mg; Felodipine 5mg; Felodipine 10mg; Simvastatin 20 mg; Atenolol 50mg; Ascorbic Acid 500 mg ; and Omeprazole 20 mg.
She said inpatients who need the medicines under this program are advised to pay directly at the cashier's office to avail of the medicines. Patients can reimburse from the PhilHealth if their medicines prescribed during their confinement have not exceeded.
Lizardo explained that the 20 percent discount on drugs for senior citizens and persons with disabilities is already included in the selling price offered by the participating hospitals under the P100 project, hence, they are no longer entitled to the 20 percent discount.
This project will directly address the daily medical treatment requirements of patient belonging to the marginalize sector of society who can not afford to buy expensive medicines for a week treatment or long time treatment.
In support to this program for its sustainability, members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan passed an ordinance establishing a revolving trust fund for drugs and medicines at the Bontoc General Hospital to institute control measures in stock operations and resale. (PIA MP) [top]