- The DOH announced that alteplase, an emergency drug for stroke, will be made available for free in 26 government hospitals nationwide.
- Alteplase is ideally given to patients within the first three hours of the onset of an acute stroke
- One vial of this emergency drug usually costs P80,000 in pharmacies
Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Paulyn Ubial announced on Tuesday that the stroke emergency drug called alteplase will be available for free in 26 government hospitals nationwide. The drug – ideally given within the first three hours of the onset of an acute stroke – costs around P80,000 per vial.
“Alteplase is truly a life saving drug, and every stroke patient eligible to receive it, should have access to it. It is not acceptable that a patient who cannot shelve out P80,000 will be deprived of this emergency medicine at a time when this is needed the most,” the DOH secretary said.
The stroke medicine will be available for free in these Metro Manila government hospitals: East Avenue Medical Center; Philippine Heart Center; National Kidney and Transplant Institute; Quirino Memorial Medical Center; Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center; Las Piñas General Hospital & Satellite Trauma Center; and the Philippine General Hospital.
It is also available in these government hospitals located in other parts of Luzon: Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center; Mariano Marcos Memorial Medical Center; Cagayan Valley Medical Center; Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center; Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital; Paulino J. Garcia Memorial Research & Medical Center; Southern Isabela General Hospital; Batangas Medical Center; Bicol Medical Center; and the Bicol Regional Training & Teaching Hospital.
In Visayas, these government hospitals also offer the free stroke medication: Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital; Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital; Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center; and Western Visayas Medical Center.
The following government hospitals in Mindanao also provide stroke patients with the emergency drug: Zamboanga City Medical Center; Cotabato Regional and Medical Center; Southern Philippines Medical Center; Mayor Hilarion A. Ramiro Sr. Regional & Teaching Hospital; and Northern Mindanao Medical Center.
Last June, President Rodrigo Duterte picked Ubial as his Health Secretary. According to the President’s Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, Ubial was chosen for her integrity, competency and experience. – Kami Media