Unlawful Dispensing of Contraceptives by non-Pharmacists and non-Physicians
In sending out Barangay Health Workers, midwives, nurses, other healthproviders direct to homes and families, armed with supplies of pills, injectibles,condoms (devices), DOH and its agents defy and court the penal sanctions in
R.A. 5921, “
An Act Regulating the Practice of Pharmacy and Setting Standards of Pharmaceutical Education in the Philippines”.
This law prohibits dispensingmedicine, pharmaceuticals, drugs and devices except through a prescriptiondrugstore or hospital pharmacy. The law has not been repealed nor amended.In implanting IUD’s and performing sterilization procedures, they also riskliability for physical injuries and mutilation.
Betrayal of Public Mandate
In promoting and distributing drugs and devices confirmed by medicalstudies to be carcinogenic, injurious, dangerous and unsafe to its users,particularly women, DOH betrays its mandate to safeguard public health. DOHmocks its public trust of protecting consumers against hazardous substances(Article XVI, Section 9, and Constitution).Furthermore, the question arises: if the pernicious side effects ofcontraception eventually descend on the women who imbibed pills, implantedwith IUD’s, injected with Depo-Provera by authority of this Directive, doesgovernment have provisions for their expensive medication? Will DOH also makeavailable the medicines against cancer? In several far flung areas, like inMindanao, Barangay Health Centres even refuse to remove IUD’s they implantedon mothers who have asked for the removal because of severe pelvic infections.
Betraying the Poor
The incessant targeting by DOH of poor families for contraception andsterilization abuses and exploits the moral dependence, indigence, and otherweakness of the poor. This is an open violation of human rights of the poor.If the poor and indigent families have an unmet need, these are for foodon their table, medicine for common ailments, nutrition for mothers, infants andchildren, clean drinking water, electricity, sanitation, education, and means oflivelihood.