Wednesday, October 24, 2012

How E-cigarettes Work

Cigarettes create so many negative impacts in one’s health and being. Some says it’s hard to quit smoking but benefits of quitting are far more worth it than the temporary satisfaction it brings.

Physical and psychological addiction to cigarettes is because of the substance called nicotine. Even though it’s addictive, it does not cause the smoking related disease but the thousands of chemicals found in a tobacco. That is why Nicotine Replacement Therapy was introduced as part of smoking cessation. There are drugs and devices available to help with the plan. One of them is the so called electronic cigarette. The question is how does it work?

Sample of e-cigarette with three parts

Electronic cigarette is becoming popular nowadays for number of reasons. E-cig, E-cigarette or vapor cigarette are the other names of electronic cigarette. It basically simulates the tobacco smoking.

The vital components of electronic cigarettes are plastic cartridge, atomizer and battery. The cartridge is use as the mouthpiece and a container for the liquid. Followed after the cartridge is the atomizer which is the heating element. The battery is the longest part of the e-cigarette and responsible in triggering the atomizer. Once e-cigarette is puffed, the heating starts due to the availability of the airflow sensor in the battery causing the liquid to vaporize. Some newer brands of e-cigarettes consist of two parts, the battery and the cartomizer.  It is a cartridge and an atomizer together. A cartomizer holds more liquid than the atomizer. It also resolves the issue of the atomizer burning up after few refills since the cartomizer can hold as much as 1.6 ml of the liquid. Example of this brand is Green Smoke.

Green Smoke is one of the electronic cigarettes which offer wide variety of choices. They have electronic cigarettes with nicotine and without nicotine.  The vapor of the electronic cigarettes by Green Smoke contains USP Grade propylene glycol, USP Grade vegetable gylcerin, nicotine and flavorings. Some components are USP Grade meaning to say they are approved by FDA and are safe to use. Nicotine is highly addictive and is not recommended for non-smokers that is why they are offering their zero nicotine electronic cigarettes.

Green smoke uses flavoured liquid in the cartridge giving a fresh and clean feeling. One new cartomizer is equivalent to 30 regular tobaccos. It will remain fresh for two weeks. They have two kinds of batteries, the long and the short one. The long battery can lasts up to 400 puffs which is equivalent to 33 regular tobaccos. Re-charging long battery may take 5 to 6 hours. The short battery on the other hand can lasts up to 300 puffs which is equivalent to 25 regular tobaccos. Re-charging short battery may take 4 to 5 hours.

Cigarette smoking is really dangerous to your health. If you’re a non-smoker do not attempt to try. If you’re a smoker and you have made your decision to quit, visit your doctor or your local pharmacist for more professional advice.

The information and reference materials contained here are intended solely for the general information of the reader and NOT intended to replace the advice of a doctor. The owner of this site disclaims any responsibility for the decisions you make based on this information. If you have any health-related questions, persistent health condition or before taking any medication, please consult your health care provider.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Stem Cell Therapies

October 23, 2012

Secretary Ona released a public advisory concerning the use of stem cells as therapy. He mentioned that  Department of Health is still investigating the claims regarding the preventive and curative benefits of the said therapy.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Prices of Basic Medicines Monitored By DOH Philippines (October 19, 2012)

Source: Department of Health Philippines

Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona informed the public that prices of drugs and medicines will be continuously and closely  monitored. Doctors are also advised by Secretary Ona to prescribe generic drugs. The public are also advised to inform their local pharmacist that they prefer to buy generic drugs or the same drug with the lowest price.

Source: DOH-Price Monitoring Charts

Friday, October 12, 2012

JOBS: October 12, 2012

Company/Job Description
Licensed Pharmacist
Pointwest Technologies
ü  Fresh graduates are highly encouraged to apply.
ü  Must be computer literate.
ü  With excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Company Profile and Other Details
Quezon City-UP Technorub Commonwealth Avenue, Diiman QC

Hospital Based Pharmacist through Kan-Ya International Services Corp.
ü  Fresh graduates are welcome to apply.
ü  With or without experience
ü  Female 25 – 37 years old
Company Profile and Other Details
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

Nutraceuticals andSupplements Inc.
ü  2 years of experience in related field
ü  Full-Time positions available
More Details
Pasig City
Viscal Development Corp (Metro Gaisano Chain of Stores)
ü  With or without experience
ü  Full-Time positions available
Company Profile and Other Details
Pasay City
Senior Pharmacist
Viscal Development Corp (Metro Gaisano Chain of Stores)
ü  At least 4 years of  experience in related field
ü  2 full-time positions available.
Company Profile and Other Details
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
More Job Opportunities


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Wednesday, October 3, 2012



Whether a business is Single Proprietorship, Partnership, or Corporation, the following requirements must be accomplished. Having all these documents will prove that your business is legit.

1. Business Name (BN) Registration
    1.1.For Single Proprietorship, you will need to be registered at Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) local offices. You can also apply for BN online through DTI official website.  BN registration is under the REVISED IMPLEMENTING RULES AND REGULATIONS OF ACT 3883, AS AMENDED, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE BUSINESS NAME LAW. The validity of BN is 5 years from the date of original registration and must be renewed afterwards.

  1. Accomplished BN Registration Form
  2. Tax Identification Number (TIN) (Optional)
  3. 5 business names to chose from
  4. Registration Fee will depend on your territory
·         Php 200 for Barangay
·         Php 500 for City/Municipality
·         Php 1000 for Regional
·         Php 2000 for National
Plus Php 15 for documentary stamp
Note: Registration Fee as of January 2011

       1.2. For Partnership, you will need to acquire Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Certificate from Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Office at SEC Building, Edsa, Greenhills, Mandaluyong City or visit the SEC official website for online registration.

       a.  Verification Slip Form (this pertains to the proposed name)
       b.  Articles of Partnership (notarized)
       c.  Written Undertaking to Change Corporate Name (notarized)
       d.  Accomplished Registration Data Sheet
       e.  Deed of Assignment executed by the stockholder (owner), if the contributed capital is a real property.
       f.   Registration Fee

2. Mayor’s Permit – This should be acquired in local municipality where your business is located. The validity of Mayor’s Permit is one year and submits for renewal afterwards.

         a. Barangay Clearance- obtained where the business is located
         b. Accomplished Business Permit Application Form
         c. Business Name Certificate (Either from DTI or SEC)
         d. Business location sketch
         e. SSS Certification/Clearance
         f. Least contract if place is rented/tax declaration
        g. Community Tax Certificate (Cedula)
        h. 2 pieces 2×2 colored ID Picture
        i. Registration fee depending on the type of the business

3. Tax Identification Number (TIN) to be acquired at Revenue District Office (RDO) having jurisdiction over the registered business address.

                a. Birth certificate or any valid identification showing name, address and birth date
                b. Mayor’s permit or application for Mayor’s Permit (when applicable)
                c. Certificate of Registration of Business Name (to be submitted prior to the issuance of the BIR Certificate of Registration (COR)
                d. Accomplished BIR Form 1901
                e. Paid Annual Registration Fee of Php 500 at the Authorized Agent Bank of RDO
                f. Other fees:
                Php 15.00 for Certification Fee
                                Php 15.00 for Documentary Stamp Tax attached to Certificate Registration (Form 2303)

For more information please contact Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) National Office at Agham Road, Diliman, Quezon City or call them at (632) 981.7000 / 981.8888. You can also email them at or visit  BIR official website.

4. Social Security System (SSS) Certificate to be acquired at your local SSS Office.
  1. Accomplished BR-1 Form
  2. Business Certificate from DTI or SEC
  3. No charge on registration
For more details, you can visit the SSS Official Website or email them at You can also contact them at (632)920.6401 / 920.6446

5. License to Operate (LTO) issued by FDA Philippines.
Requirements to be submitted at FDA Office:
  • Notarized Petition Form and Joint Affidavit of Undertaking duly accomplished
  • Clearance of the Pharmacist
  • Pharmacist Board Certificate, Valid PRC-ID picture, Duties and Responsibilities of the Pharmacist, Valid PTR, 2x2 colored ID picture (2 pcs) and Certificate of Attendance on a FDA accredited seminar on Licensing of Drug Establishment and Outlets and Seminar on EDPMS (NCPAM)(Photocopies to be verified with the original copies)
  • Certificate of Business Name/Proof of Registration 
- from Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) if Single Proprietorship;along with the Mayor's Business Permit or Barangay Permit with the registered name and address of the retailer.
- from Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) if Cooperative 
- from Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) if Partnership or Corporation; if Corporate name is different from the Business Name, Business Name should be reflected in SEC Registration. If Corporate Address is different from the Business Address, Mayor's Business Permit or Baranggay Business Permit with registered business name and address should be acquired.
- submit a copy of Franchise Agreement and proof of registration of franchisor.
  • Floor area not less than 15 square meters
  • Picture of drugstore with signboard with the exact business name
  • Contract of Lease for the space if it is rented (notarized)
  • Valid Homeowner's Association (HOA) Clearance when applicable
  • Location including landmarks and Floor plan with dimension including all the areas
  • Generic white and red labels
  • Tentative list of products to be sold using generic and brand names, if any
  • Rubber stamp of outlets with the registered name and address
  • Registration Fee of Php 1000.00 plus 1% Legal Research Fee valid for 1 year and subjects to renewal afterwards.
Upon inspection the following materials should be available at the pharmacy:
  1. Reference Materials
·         RA 5921 known as Pharmacy Law
·         RA 3720 known as Food, Drugs and Cosmetic Act
·         RA 6675 known as Generics Act of 1988
·         RA 8203 known as Special Law on Counterfeit Drugs
.         RA 9502 known as The Universally Accessible Cheaper and Quality Medicines Act of 2008, E.O. \821 Prescribing the Maximum Drug Retail Prices for Selected Drugs and Medicines that Address Diseases that Account for the Leading Causes of Morbidity and Mortality (MDRP), Advisory Council for Price Regulation \2009-001 Government-Mediated Access Price (GMAP)
.         RA 9711 known as The Food and Drug Administration Act of   2009
.         AO#56 s. 1989 Licensing of Drug Establishments and Outlets
·         Philippine National Drug Formulary (PNDF) (latest edition)

Note: RA print outs are usually provided at FDA Accredited Seminar on Licensing of Drug Establishment and Outlets.

  1. Any of the following reference books (latest edition):
·         United States Pharmacopeia/National Formulary (USP-NF)
·         Remington’s Pharmaceutical Science
·         Goodman and Gilman Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics

  1. Record Books (Prescription Books, Senior Citizen's, Persons with Disability) duly registered with FDA Philippines
  2. Menu Card (Generics, MDRP, GMAP)
  3. Dispensing Apparatus (spatula, tablet counter, and graduated cylinder)
  4. Cold Storage for vaccines and biological products
Note: In order to verify documents during inspection, original documents must be presented. LTO application for drug retailer is accepted on Tuesdays and Wedsnesdays from 8:00AM to 3:00 PM only.

FDA Checklist of Requirements for Drug Retailer
FDA Checklist of Requirements for Drugstore/Hospital Pharmacy/Retail Outlet for Non-Prescription Drugs
The information and reference materials contained here are intended solely for the general information of the reader and NOT intended to replace the official source. The owner of this site disclaims any responsibility for the decisions you make based on this information. 

First published: February 24, 2011
Edited: October 3, 2012

Prices of Basic Medicines Monitored By DOH Philippines (September 28, 2012)

As of September 28, 2012, DOH Philippines released a price monitoring charts of basic consumer goods including basic medicines.

Source: DOH-Price Monitoring Charts


  • Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (RA 3720)
  • Generics Act of 1988 (RA 6675)
  • Pharmacy Law (RA 5921)
  • Philippine Pharmacy Act of 2012
  • Special Law on Counterfeit Drugs (RA 8203)
  • Philippine National Drug Formulary (Essential Medicines List, Volume I, 7th Edition 2008)
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Act of 2009 (RA 9711) 


    • FDA Notification of Change of Pharmacist Form
    • FDA Notification of Additional Pharmacist 
    • FDA Checklist of Requirements for Drugstore/Hospital Pharmacy/Retail Outlets for Non-Prescription Drug
    • FDA CPR Application Form


  • Schools of Pharmacy in Philippines
  • Food and Drug Administration Philippines (FDA)
  • Philippine Pharmacists Association (PPhA)
  • Professional Regulation Commission (PRC)
  • Department of Health (DOH)
  • Dangerous Drug's Board Philippines (DDB)
  • Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)