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
(PCOO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

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.”

 
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