Ordinance IRR ensuring availability of medicines signed-A A +A
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
PATIENTS at the Iloilo Provincial Hospital (IPH) and the 11 district hospitals in Iloilo can now be assured of the availability of drugs and medicines with the signing of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) for the medicines consignment ordinance passed by the Provincial Board in August this year.
Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. approved Wednesday the IRR of Ordinance 2012-095, otherwise known as “An Ordinance Institutionalizing the Hospitals Consignment System in the Province of Iloilo” sponsored by Board Member Macario Napulan.
The IRR was drafted by the chiefs of the IPH and the 11 district hospitals with the help of the Hospital Management Office (HMO) headed by Provincial Administrator Raul Banias.
Under the IRR, the items that can be consigned are as follows: a) drugs and medicines, b) hospital supplies, c) equipment, d) laboratory reagents, e) hospital services, and other items requested by the different Hospital Consignment Committees.
The Provincial Hospital Consignment Management Board (PHCMB) shall have the sole responsibility to accredited prospective consignors.
Consigned items will be based on the submitted list of items from the therapeutic committees and other service areas (laboratory, radiology, laundry and admin) of the respective hospitals and from concerned offices and divisions of HMO.
The prices of the consigned items should not be higher than the last recorded procurement price of the same item for a period not exceeding six months, or the reference price should make use of the prevailing price of the Western Visayas Medical Center and/or the canvass price made by the Technical Support Service Division (TSSD) of the Consignment Management Board within the same period, whichever is lower upon the certification/resolution of the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), HMO and TSSD.
In cases of consignments for PhilHealth beneficiaries, the selling price of the consignment items should not be higher than the prevailing price of the same items in local private pharmacies and outlets.
Income generated sales of the consigned items should be used for the payment of dispenses or utilized consigned items after the appropriate inventory is conducted.
In addition, revenue generated from the program should be deposited directly to the hospital general fund.
For quality assurance, the consignments items may be subjected to random sampling, inspection and testing by the consignee and other appropriate support agencies.
Consignment system is a method of assuring the availability of stocks wherein the consignor entrusts its goods to the provincial and district hospitals pharmacy or other participating division and offices of the consignees for sale, and the former being paid by the latter only for the actual quantity consumed using the money generated from the sale of the consigned goods within the agreed period of time. (PR)