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Shorter drug license application period—PDEA

Posted by Abi Kwok on April 20, 2009

By Abigail Kwok
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 11:52:00 04/20/2009

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has announced that it will cut short its license renewal and application procedures for dangerous drugs from seven to three days following the computerization of its systems.

PDEA Director General Dionisio Santagio said that beginning Monday, the usual seven-day waiting period for the release of licenses for medical and para-medical practitioners to apply or renew their license to prescribe dangerous drugs will be reduced to only three days.

This faster process is brought by the computerization of the PDEA Compliance Service and the establishment of the on-line licensing process.

“This system improvement is one of our high-impact projects initiated to minimize opportunities for corruption to serve our clients better and faster,” Santiago said.

The computerization of its systems will also provide PDEA with readily available and accessible data to monitor movement of dangerous and regulated drugs to prevent unauthorized prescription by doctors, psychiatrists, dentists, veterinarian, and other practitioners.

The initial process for the registration requires all applicants to personally present themselves to the PDEA national office or the nearest regional office where they will be required to provide username, preferred log-in name, and password to register.

Another improvement brought by the new system is the issuance of PVC ID cards to serve as license in place of the customized paper ID card usually issued, Santiago said.

Applicants only need to pay P100 for the ID cards, which is also not required.

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