by Allan Yves Briones
Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Eric Domingo said on Thursday that the department will look into the P367 million stock of near expired drugs in their warehouses.
“We’re going to check out exactly what medicines are accumulating and why they are ordering it even if they have stock because that gives it suspicion,” Domingo said.
This, in the wake of a Commission on Audit (COA) report which tagged the health department for failing to distribute millions in drugs and medicine in violation of DOH policy.
Under DOH Administrative Order No. 9-B, all procured drugs and medicines “should have a shelf life of at least one and a half years from the date of delivery.” The same standard is practiced by the World Health Organization.
However, state auditors found that drugs and medicine worth P367.16 million remain idle in DOH warehouses, depriving the intended beneficiaries its benefits.
“I think there’s something very wrong with the way we forecast, purchased and the way we distribute,” Domingo said.
The health department, in the audit report, admitted to fudging computations based on population growth which was one of the main factors to the improper management of inventory.
“It really has to be an overhaul of the system and you have to make sure it’s an integrated system from the start of the planning to the procurement, distribution and utilization,” Domingo stressed.
In the same report, state auditors flagged over P30 million in expired drugs distributed by the DOH Central Office. #