Solon urges DOH to suspend limit on medicines that seniors can buy

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The chairman of the House Committee on Senior Citizens recently filed a resolution urging the Department of Health to remove or suspend the limit in the dispensing of over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drugs for senior citizens.

In House Resolution 2420 filed on Wednesday, panel chairman and Senior Citizens Rep. Rodolfo Ordanes said under the DOH Administrative Order 2010-0032, any single dispensing of prescriptive drugs should not exceed more than one month supply of medicines for senior citizens, while dispensing of OTC drugs may be limited for a supply of one day but not to exceed a maximum of seven days.

He said the limitations will inevitably force senior citizens to go out every week just to buy their medicines. 

“I filed House Resolution 2420 so that the guidance that the DOH gives to all pharmacies leaves no room for varying interpretations at point of sale when seniors or their representatives purchase medicines and other health care items,” said Ordanes.

“Comparatively, the removal or suspension of the limit in dispensing OTC and prescription drugs would allow our over 12 million senior citizens to store these drugs and maintain a supply for their medicinal needs beyond one week,” he added.

According to Ordanes, these limitations on dispensing prescriptive and OTC drugs to senior citizens have led to numerous complaints and have become untenable in light of the Covid-19 pandemic where senior citizens must, as much as possible, stay at home due to their susceptibility and vulnerability to the virus.

Ordanes said he disagrees with a part of the DOH directive on the availment of senior’s discount because as currently worded, Rule V. IV of DOH Administrative Order 2010-0032 uses phrases such as “as a general rule,” “for partial filling,” and “drugstores may limit the dispensing.”

“My position is this part of the IRR of the seniors’ discount availment must be unequivocal in favor of the senior citizen with the doctor’s prescription for prescription drugs,” the lawmaker said.

“By maintaining the said limitations, senior citizens are put in precarious situations where they are forced to increase their exposure to the public because they have to repeatedly go to their physician or local government health center just to get the needed prescription to purchase their medicines,” he said.