Category Archives: Pharmacy Profession

Day 7 at Singapore

Happy 29th Monthsary to Rhalph and I! 🙂 Was supposed to celebrate it today at Universal Studios Singapore but I was still woozy from being drenched in water the whole day yesterday. I still have this feeling of being in the wave pool. Too much time spent there. Haha.

Anyway, here are some random pics for the day.

Happy Valentine’s Day to our dogs! 🙂

Saw this cute dog toy at Daiso and couldn’t resist buying it since it’s only S$2. It’s a pink bone and heart that squeaks when you press it. Planning to give this to Tikiwiki and her puppy when I get back. 🙂 It’s my pasalubong for them.

Bought a lot of stuff from Daiso from my previous trips. And I am just so sad because of the 3-4 branches that we visited here in Singapore, the Charcoal Face Mask is out of stock. 😦 I was planning to buy 10 bottles since it would save me around 22 pesos per bottle if I buy them here. Huhu! Oh well. Will try to find them in the Philippines when I get back.

Okay, then this one is a picture of their generic ibuprofen. I always take 400 mg of ibuprofen for my migraine… and last night, I had this severe migraine. It hurt so bad I had to hide under the blanket since I was too sensitive to light and noise. Gladly, there’s a nearby pharmacy where Rhalph was able to buy 1 box of ibuprofen.

Nurofen(R) 200 mg caplets

Nurofen(R) 200mg caplets

It’s S$3.20 for a box of 12. So converted to pesos, it’s like almost 9 pesos per caplet. Medicines are quite expensive here compared to the Philippines. But I am just so happy it worked well and I was able to sleep soundly for 12 hours. Haha! 🙂

We’ll be watching Safe Haven at City Square Mall later. Will update this post too. 🙂 Ta ta for now!


♥ Monique ♥


Generika and PhilSeven Foundation Medical Mission at Paranaque City Hall

Ako na ang babaeng walang pahinga! 🙂 I volunteered for a medical mission on December 9, Sunday, at the Parañaque City Hall.
Medical Mission

Medical Mission

The medical mission was organized by Generika Drugstore, in partnership with PhilSeven Foundation and the City Government of Parañaque.
Hazel and I

Hazel and I

Vital Signs Team

Vital Signs Team

As part of its mission and corporate values, Generika Drugstore aims to improve the health of the people in the community and to educate the public about quality generic medicines. Through this activity they were able to provide free health and pharmacy care services to 1000 patients. The patients availed of free consultations for general health concerns and ophthalmology services and they were also given free medicines together with patient counseling by Generika Drugstore. (Yes, we do make sure that we counsel all patients regarding the proper use of their medicines.)
The consultation area

The consultation area

Niane, Hazel, Sheng, and Nessy

Niane, Hazel, Sheng, and Nessy

With Niane and Hazel

With Niane and Hazel

With Niane and Hazel. My skin's so fair here.

With Niane and Hazel. My skin’s so fair here.

The Pharmacy Area and the Dispensing Team

The Pharmacy Area and the Dispensing Team

Loving the airconditioned dispensing area. So rare for medical missions!

Loving the airconditioned dispensing area. So rare for medical missions!

The medicines given to the patients are for the treatment and management of certain diseases and conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, fever, cough and colds, pain and inflammation, bacterial infections, and many more. The patients were also given free vitamins and minerals.
Helping out people with their prescriptions.

Helping out people with their prescriptions.

Even with so many patients, the pharmacy area was still so organized. :)

Even with so many patients, the pharmacy area was still so organized. 🙂

Various volunteers from Generika Drugstore include 12 head office employees, 2 representatives from Generika Parañaque branches, and 17 trainees. Trained pharmacists and pharmacy assistants were assigned in the dispensing of medicines, while nurses gathered the patients’ vital signs. Other employees assisted the patients all throughout the medical check-up process.
The medical mission would not have been possible without the service extended by other organizations. There were two dozen doctors from the Mu Sigma Phi Fraternity of the University of the Philippines Manila College of Medicine and the Zeta Beta Mu Fraternity of the University of Santo Tomas who volunteered for this event. There were also 17 members from the Progressive and Responsive Organization of Pharmacy from the University of the Philippines Manila College of Pharmacy who participated in this medical mission. Ideal Vision gave away 100 free reading glasses for the patients diagnosed with eye defects, and Selecta gave away free ice cream for the patients and volunteers.


PhilSeven Foundation with Generika Drugstore, Zeta Beta Mu Fraternity, and Mu Sigma Phi Fraternity

PhilSeven Foundation with Generika Drugstore, Zeta Beta Mu Fraternity, and Mu Sigma Phi Fraternity

Thanks to everyone who participated in this event. It was so successful and there were no major problems. 🙂

Til the next medical mission. For more pictures, check out my Photobucket.


♥ Monique ♥

2013 Pharmacist Licensure Examination

Date of Examination: 12 and 13 January 2013
Places: Manila, Baguio and Cebu
Deadline in Filing of Application: 28 December 2012

Date of Examination: 25 and 26 June 2013
Places: Manila, Baguio, Cebu and Davao
Deadline in Filing of Application: 10 June 2013

For more information, please visit the website of the Professional Regulation Commission,

Good luck to all board exam takers!!!

Health Talk Series: Health Financing and Universal Health Care

Ganch, Sacki, and I at the Health Talk Series

Ganch, Sacki, and I at the Health Talk Series

Ganch, Sacki, and I attended a forum on “Health Talk Series: Health Financing and Universal Health Care,” an event which is part of The Secretary’s Cup by the Department of Health. The event was held on October 18 at the Asian Institute of Management. Actually, we were the only pharmacists there when in fact medicines go hand in hand when it comes to health. Medical products are also an essential component of the 6 building blocks of health systems. Pharmacists are so underrepresented in essential programs and policy development talks such as this! 😦

Dr. Ernesto Domingo

Dr. Ernesto Domingo

Moving on, one of the speakers was National Scientist Dr. Ernesto Domingo and one of the important things that he said was, “equity in our country can only be addressed with the universal health care system.”

Dr. Francisco Duque III

Dr. Francisco Duque III

But the main speaker of the event was former DOH Secretary and now Chairman of the Civil Service Commission Dr. Francisco Duque III. He delivered the talk very well. Afterwards, there was even time for question and answer.

Here’s a copy of the Universal Health Care from the DOH website:

UHC to Address Inequity in the Health System

Universal Health Care and Its Aim

Universal Health Care (UHC), also referred to as Kalusugan Pangkalahatan (KP), is the “provision to every Filipino of the highest possible quality of health care that is accessible, efficient, equitably distributed, adequately funded, fairly financed, and appropriately used by an informed and empowered public”.1 The Aquino administration puts it as the availability and accessibility of health services and necessities for all Filipinos.

It is a government mandate aiming to ensure that every Filipino shall receive affordable and quality health benefits.This involves providing adequate resources – health human resources, health facilities, and health financing.

UHC’s Three Thrusts

To attain UHC, three strategic thrusts are to be pursued, namely: 1) Financial risk protection through expansion in enrollment and benefit delivery of the National Health Insurance Program (NHIP); 2) Improved access to quality hospitals and health care facilities; and 3) Attainment of health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Financial Risk Protection

Protection from the financial impacts of health care is attained by making any Filipino eligible to enroll, to know their entitlements and responsibilities, to avail of health services, and to be reimbursed by PhilHealth with regard to health care expenditures.

PhilHealth operations are to be redirected towards enhancing national and regional health insurance system. The NHIP enrollment shall be rapidly expanded to improve population coverage. The availment of outpatient and inpatient services shall be intensively promoted. Moreover, the use of information technology shall be maximized to speed up PhilHealth claims processing.

Improved Access to Quality Hospitals and Health Care Facilities

Improved access to quality hospitals and health facilities shall be achieved in a number of creative approaches. First, the quality of government-owned and operated hospitals and health facilities is to be upgraded to accommodate larger capacity, to attend to all types of emergencies, and to handle non-communicable diseases. The Health Facility Enhancement Program (HFEP) shall provide funds to improve facility preparedness for trauma and other emergencies. The aim of HFEP was to upgrade 20% of DOH-retained hospitals, 46% of provincial hospitals, 46% of district hospitals, and 51% of rural health units (RHUs) by end of 2011.

Financial efforts shall be provided to allow immediate rehabilitation and construction of critical health facilities. In addition to that, treatment packs for hypertension and diabetes shall be obtained and distributed to RHUs.

The DOH licensure and PhilHealth accreditation for hospitals and health facilities shall be streamlined and unified.

Attainment of Health-related MDGs

Further efforts and additional resources are to be applied on public health programs to reduce maternal and child mortality, morbidity and mortality from Tuberculosis and Malaria, and incidence of HIV/AIDS. Localities shall be prepared for the emerging disease trends, as well as the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.

The organization of Community Health Teams (CHTs) in each priority population area is one way to achieve health-related MDGs. CHTs are groups of volunteers, who will assist families with their health needs, provide health information, and facilitate communication with other health providers. RNheals nurses will be trained to become trainers and supervisors to coordinate with community-level workers and CHTs. By the end of 2011, it is targeted that there will be 20,000 CHTs and 10,000 RNheals.

Another effort will be the provision of necessary services using the life cycle approach. These services include family planning, ante-natal care, delivery in health facilities, newborn care, and the Garantisadong Pambata package.

Better coordination among government agencies, such as DOH, DepEd, DSWD, and DILG, would also be essential for the achievement of these MDGs.


1Executive Summary. (2010, October-December). Acta Medica Philippina, 44 (4), 9.


Actually, the Universal Health Care program has been part of the agenda under several presidential terms already although under various names. Now, under Aquino’s term, the program is called Kalusugan Pangkalahatan. There are so many aspects of the Universal Health Care program that still needs to be studied and addressed. One of the areas that we could focus on is the improvement of our primary care system. Nowadays, people go to a tertiary hospital for the simplest of emergency cases. This is the ideal scenario: initially, patients should be addressed, assessed, and diagnosed first by a primary care physician. And then if a specialist is needed, the patient will be referred to a secondary care provider called polyclinics where specialists can be found and where diagnostic tests are also performed. And then, the  more important and severe emergency cases will be directed to the hospital. This will then limit the number of people directly going to hospital.

But then, health financing is, first and foremost, a big issue. It is good to know that President Noynoy Aquino has set aside a bigger budget for health during his term. Thus, there are means for a lot of national health programs to be pursued, developed, and implemented.

Another thing, a successful taxation system should be set up that places the burden of cost on the people who can afford to pay allows every citizen to receive free, quality health care without having to turn the entire nation upside down searching for a way to finance such a system.

Do you know that Cuba has universal health care? If Cuba can do it, why can’t we? Here’s a map of the countries that provide universal health care.

Someday, the Philippines will have a modern medical system in which every citizen is able to have quality care at no cost to themselves. Just believe and let us all help and continue our efforts to support such causes. 🙂

More pictures at Photobucket.

Other Links:

Administrative Order 2010-0036 (Aquino Health Agenda – Universal Health Care)

Department Order 2011-0188 (Kalusugan Pangkalahatan)

Reaching out to our IP Brothers (Draft Indigenous Peoples Plan for UHC)

Generika 101: What are the questions I should ask my pharmacist regarding my medicines?

Ask Your Pharmacist

Ask Your Pharmacist

This video aims to inform customers regarding the possible questions that they should ask pharmacists regarding their medications. It also informs the community about the health services being offered at Generika Drugstores nationwide.


Filipino Transcript:

Ano ang mga dapat kong itanong sa isang Pharmacist tungkol sa mga gamot na inireseta sakin?

Hi! Ako si Monique Sanchez, isang Generika pharmacist at trainer.

Mahalagang maintindihan ninyo ang bawat gamot na inyong iniinom at kung paano ito makakaapekto sa inyong katawan. Narito ang mga pwede ninyong itanong sa isang pharmacist. Ano ang pangalan at spelling ng gamot, ano ang kahulugan ng mga abbreviations, at kung saan pa pwedeng maghanap ng karagdagang impormasyon tungkol dito? Itanong din kung ano ang mga alternatibong generic na gamot.

Alamin kung ano ang epekto ng gamot sa inyong katawan at kung kailan ito magkakabisa. Alamin din kung paano, ilang beses sa isang araw, at anong oras dapat inumin ang gamot. Itanong din ang pwedeng gawin kung sakaling mali ang klase at dosage ng nainom mong gamot. Alamin din kung kelan mo dapat iwasan ang paginom ng alak, halamang gamot, mga pagkain, at iba pang kagamutan na maaaring makaapekto sa bisa ng gamot. Parating i-check ang mga side effects ng gamot at paano ito maiiwasan. Kung sakaling makakaranas, komunsulta kaagad sa isang pharmacist o doktor.

Narito pa ang ibang mga katanungan: Maaari ko ba itong inumin kung ako’y buntis o nagpapabreast feed? Ano ang mga posibleng resulta sa paginom ng gamot na ito? Ano ang mga sinyales ng allergic reaction at ano ang mga instances na kinakailangan ng kaagarang atensyong medical? Kailan pwedeng ibahin ang dosage ng pag-inom ng gamot at kailan ito ihihinto?

Ilan lang iyon sa mga pwedeng itanong sa isang Generika Pharmacist. Dahil ang patient counseling ay isa lamang sa mga services na binibigay ng Generika Drugstore. Bukod dito, mayroon din kaming libreng blood pressure monitoring at fasting blood sugar testing para sa may mga diabetes. Nagkakaroon din kami ng mga activities tulad ng libreng konsulta, libreng bunot, mobile clinic, at medical missions.

Pumunta lamang sa pinakamalapit na Generika Drugstore kung mayroon pa kayong ibang mga katanungan.

Sa Generika Drugstore, pinahahalagahan namin ang inyong kaligtasan at kalusugan. Dahil, ALAGA KA SA GENERIKA!

English Transcript:

What are the questions I should ask my pharmacist regarding my medicines?

Hi! I’m Monique Sanchez, a Generika pharmacist and trainer.

Understanding your medication and how it may affect you is crucial to your safety. Here are some questions you should ask your pharmacist. What is the name of the drug and how is it spelled? What are the meanings of abbreviations and where can you find more information about it? Also ask if there are any generic alternatives.

You should know what the medication is supposed to do and how long it will take to achieve that result. Make sure you know how to take the medication and how many times a day you need to take it, and if a certain time of day is preferred over another. Ask if you have any other options: what will happen if you took a wrong type of medication and wrong dosage. Ask if you should avoid alcohol, herbs, food, other medications, or activities that will alter the efficacy of a medication. Always be aware of the common side effects, and if there’s a way to reduce the chances of them developing. Also be sure to know what side effects you should contact the pharmacist or doctor about if they occur.

Other questions you should ask are: Can I take this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding? What are the risks associated with the medication? What are the symptoms of an allergic reaction? Are there any symptoms that require emergency medical help? When should the dosage be changed or the medication be stopped?

Those are some questions that you can ask a Generika Pharmacist. Patient counseling is one of the services that is being offered by Generika Drugstore. Aside from this, we also offer free blood pressure monitoring and fasting blood sugar testing for those with diabetes. We also conduct activities such as free medical consultation, free dental services (such as tooth extraction), mobile clinic, and medical missions.

If you have any questions, visit your nearest Generika Drugstore.

At Generika Drugstore, we prioritize your safety and health. Because, ALAGA KA SA GENERIKA!

For more information, visit the Generika Website and like us on Facebook!

*Thanks to Josh Diaz for taking and editing the video. 🙂