Manila offers Molnupiravir for free

Published November 23, 2021, 6:39 PM

by Seth Cabanban

Manila is offering the antiviral drug Molnupiravir for free, according to Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso during his special report on Nov. 23.

PHOTO COURTESY OF MANILA PIO/ MANILA BULLETIN

Domagoso announced that the city government has already received around 40,000 Molnupiravir capsules that it purchased, and these will be given for free to COVID-19 patients.

In order for a patient to claim free Molnupiravir pills, he or she should present a doctor’s prescription for the medicine, a positive RT-PCR test result, and a photocopy of the patient’s valid identification or, if applicable, the valid identification of a representative.

The city will also try to accommodate patients residing outside of Manila who want to get the free medicine.

“It’s a universal problem so the policy is inclusive,” said Domagoso.

The free Molnupiravir capsules can be claimed at six Manila district hospitals, namely Sta. Ana Hospital; Ospital ng Maynila; Gat Andres Bonifacio; Justice Jose Abad Santos; Ospital ng Sampaloc; and Ospital ng Tondo.

Domagoso also said that the Philippine Food and Drug Association granted Manila a Compassionate Special Permit (CSP) for the purchase of additional 200,000 capsules of 200 milligram Molnupiravir.

Molnupiravir reportedly reduces the risk of hospitalization and death of COVID-19 patients by around 50 percent.

 
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