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Manila gives free Molnupiravir for Covid19 patients

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Mayor and Aksyon Demokratiko presidential candidate Isko Moreno is urging doctors and frontliners to inform their patients that they can avail of Molnupiravir for free, whether or not they are from Manila.

Moreno said that the city government’s newly-acquired 40,000 capsules of Molnupiravir is just the first batch of such drugs that they ordered, adding that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave the city 200 milligram Molnupiravir treatment for 200,000 capsules meaning, the local government unit (LGU) of Manila can buy again anytime, once its initial stocks of 40,000 capsules have been used up.


All that one has to do, Moreno said, is to comply with three simple requirements, namely: bring a prescription duly-issued by a licensed doctor for the required medicine; an RT-PCR result and a photocopy of a valid ID of the patient concerned or his representative.


He explained that the same kind of system was employed when the city government of Manila began giving for free its stocks of Remdesivir and Tocilizumab, the moment the city purchased them at that time only in anticipation of a possible surge in severe Covid cases. The said medicines are hard to access and very expensive.


It was learned that the city of Manila waited for about a month before it got its order of Molnupiravir 40,000 capsules. Said anti-viral drug is the first anti-Covid medicine that was approved to be taken orally and can be taken at home, unlike others previously approved which are administered intravenously or injected by healthcare professionals.


“Sabihin ninyo sa inyong mga kamag-anak, kaibigan o pamilya…Kung buhay ang pag-uusapan, pilit nating yayakapin kahit sino. Ang importante ay mabuhay kayo, makaligtas kayo,” Moreno said.


According to Moreno, those who want to get free Molnupiravir, may just get in touch with Dr. Poks Pangan and Dr. Ed Santos, head and assistant head of the Manila Health Department, respectively, or go straight to Sta. Ana Hospital Director Dr. Grace Padilla. ANDI GARCIA


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