Prescription needed for one to buy Lian Hua Qing Wen

Published September 13, 2020, 7:03 PM

by Analou de Vera

The Department of Health (DOH) reminded the public anew that a prescription from a doctor is needed before they can buy the Chinese traditional medicine Lian Hua Qing Wen. 

Health Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario S. Vergeire
Health Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario S. Vergeire

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire cautioned the public amid the selling of Lian Hua Qing Wen online, which is being promoted as treatment for COVID-19. 

“Marami pong nagkalat ngayon sa online about this Lian Hua and I advise the public to just buy in authorized drugstores, have your physicians prescribe it for you,” said Vergeire in a recent online forum. 

“Huwag niyo hong iinumin, kasi narinig lang natin na pwede siyang gamitin. Kailangan pa rin doktor ang magsasabi kung iinom kayo nitong gamot na ito o hindi [Don’t take it just  because you have heard that it can be used. You need a doctor’s advice if you can take this medicine or not],” she added. 

To note, the Lian Hua Qing Wen was only approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a “traditional medicine” that can help “remove heat-toxin invasion of the lungs, including symptoms such as fever, aversion to cold, muscle soreness, stuffy and runny nose.” 

The FDA previously clarified that this medicine is not approved as a treatment for COVID-19  in the country.  It also noted that it is a prescription drug. 

The Chinese Embassy said that the Lian Hua Qing Wen capsule is an ”approved COVID-19 treatment for mild and moderate cases in China.”