Botika Ng Barangay – Download as Word Doc .doc /.docx), PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online. The Botika ng Barangay previously sold low-priced generic home remedies, over -the-counter(OTC) medicines and two prescription antibiotics. The President says he wants P35 billion in Pagcor funds to be devoted ‘ exclusively’ to medicines for Filipinos.

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Botika ng Barangay not in poorest places Part 1 Published The BnB price is vastly lower than what loperamide costs in commercial drugstores—P4. As of Januarythere were 12, botikas, a long way from the in As a result, the BnB program has wasted scarce resources while denying health bsrangay services to the poorest areas it was meant to serve.

One example is the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao which, aside from having the least baranbay of hospitals and barangay health centers, has the smallest number of BnB outlets, numbering barangat as of last January. The BnB list also left out 15 out of the top 40 poorest towns in the country. A doctor visits only thrice a week due to travel difficulties.

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Villagers travel to neighboring Kolambugan town for hospitalization and other health services, as the health center is in need of repair. Both Tangkal and Kolambuham do not have BnB drugstores offering cheap remedies. A barangay has to have a population of at least 15, plus local government and community support before such a BnB can be set up there, said BnB coordinator in Central Luzon Marilu Malamug.

The DOH then offers seed capital in the form of P25, worth of medicines. Not enough drugs But even in communities with BnBs, residents cannot turn to these drugstores for help for serious illnesses such as malaria, influenza and tuberculosis, the leading causes of mortality and morbidity in the country.

The BnB also does not have medicines for filariasis and schistosomiasis, two of the leading diseases in some poor communities in the Philippines. Medicines sold in BnB drugstores consist mostly of over-the-counter OTC drugs for minor illnesses such as diarrhea, dehydration, stomach acidity, coughs and dizziness. When the program started inonly two prescription drugs for bacterial infections were dispensed—cotrimaxole and amoxicillin.


It was only in when five prescribed drugs for three of the leading mortality diseases were included in the BnB inventory: We can only use so much resources,” Padilla said. A regional BnB coordinator, who requested anonymity, disclosed that some operators who procure their own stock sell some prescription drugs strictly prohibited by the DOH. Caraga operators disclosed that they were buying Alaxan and Ambroxol, among others, because these were demanded by patients who suffer from bronchitis, the leading disease barangya the region.

Tan had studied the type of medications available at community drugstores in his book Health in the Hands of the People.

In the town of Pakil, Laguna, BnB outlets usually experienced stock shortages because the medicine supply does not match the demand of the community, according to a University of the Philippines Public Health study.

Cotrimoxazole and amoxicillin, two main antibiotics needed in the town, were usually unavailable at the 11 outlets studied. Pakil is not an isolated case. State auditors recorded that more than Badangay.

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Reodica attributes the wastage of government resources to the weak logistics of the DOH baranga units and the poor inventory and management of BnB operators. Lack of manpower Part of the management problems in the BnB program is the lack of manpower. Only a supervising pharmacist is authorized to dispense prescription drugs in the Botikw, according to a DOH administrative order issued n The Pharmacy Law, meanwhile, requires that a drugstore should have at least one pharmacist.

The World Health Organization said in that only one pharmacist looks after the medicinal needs of every 1, Filipinos. The ratio has most likely worsened, as more pharmacists are being lured by better pay and working conditions abroad, said Bermejo. The nationwide ratio shows that 33 Barxngay are assigned for every supervising pharmacist. Inonly pharmacists or food and drug regulatory officers FDROs were supervising the 10, BnB outlets as well as other public and private drugstores.


The shortage of pharmacists has hindered the establishment of BnB outlets in hard-to-reach areas like those in Barangayy 12, which is composed of the Cotabato provinces, Cotabato City, General Santos City, Sarangani and Sultan Kudarat.

During her term in the s, Reodica looked for an alternative, setting up BnBs near district hospitals barajgay placed them under the supervision of the district pharmacist.

But the COA said the manpower problem has resulted in the expiration of prescription drugs in some regions.

This means all tests must be done in Metro Manila. Padilla said the problems reported by the COA have been addressed. Kung meron man If there arenot votika the extent that huge government resources will be wasted,” he said. He said the BnB program, in the first place, is meant to engage the LGUs in the delivery of health care service.

The DOH central office, he said, is only in charge of training the operators, baarngay LGUs are the ones that can best assess the economic conditions of their area and the subsequent placement of BnB outlets. Claiming that the program is disjointed from the overall delivery of health care service, Bermejo said: Inthe total national government health spending of P per Filipino was Between andgovernment spending on health fell from 41 percent to 30 percentof total spending, while out-of-pocket spending increased from 41 percent to 47 percent.

Meanwhile, community health worker Eleanor Jara could not forget a BnB outlet she saw in one of the poor provinces of Mindanao.

She was with two representatives of the European Union studying the health situation of barrios ravaged by the ongoing war. The BnB they came upon only had a single, small cabinet less than a meter high, containing very few medicines.

At the time, no one was manning the drugstore.

To be concluded The authors are senior journalism students of the University of the Philippines.

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