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FDA approves use of electronic prescription or 'e-reseta' amid quarantine

Citizens can now present a soft copy of prescriptions sent by their doctors online to any pharmacy.

According to GMA News' Nico Waje's report on "24 Oras," the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a circular approving the use of electronic prescription or "e-reseta" amid the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine. 

This is to ensure that patients will still have access to their medication and at the same time further prevent the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) from spreading, especially since those who need prescriptions are those vulnerable to the disease, said the FDA.

"Alam naman natin na hirap na sila ngayong makapunta sa doktor para magpacheck up, kaya pinapayagan natin na 'yung reseta nila electronically na lang ipadala sa kanila, at gamitin nila sa botika at makakabili pa rin sila ng kanilang maintenance na gamot," FDA Director General Dr. Eric Domingo said.

Some pharmacies revealed that before the FDA circular was approved, they have already been implementing it to help people out.

Despite the possibility of fake prescriptions going around, Domingo assured the public that pharmacists are trained enough to know what is authentic or not.

He said, "'Yung pharmacist naman natin trained sila to check kung ano ang totoo na reseta at kung ano ang hindi. Pagkatapos nito babalik na rin tayo sa dati."

The Philippines has been under a state of calamity since Monday. The Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine started on March 17 and is set to end on April 13.

The Department of Health (DOH) has reported 307 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 19 deaths as of Saturday.

—Kaela Malig/JCB, GMA News