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Dr Alunes reminds Kapamilyas on the Seniors' Drug Administration

By Marilie Bomediano
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Baguio City
June 27, 2016


Dr. Alunes, head of the Department of Family and Community Medicine of Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center, is the strong indigenous person's  (IPs) medical advocate, an  alumno of Saint Louis University's College of Medicine who specialises in Family and Community Medicine.

"We discussed concerns about giving medications to senior citizens and the evolving issues about the need to really address some effects of drugs when it is self-administered to senior citizens,  Dr. Joseph Alunes.

"This is because of the declining anatomical and physiological functions of the elderlies that comes with the different concerns about the overdosing and under-dosing, Dr Alunes added. "That is only secondarily to the concerns about the escalating price of the medicines coupled with the limited resources of the elderly, he added. "Of course  there are laws covering about the giving of the restricted drugs, especially on the self-inducing sedatives drugs for the elderlies as well as the young generation. "Still we have to comply to the rules or the statutory laws imposed by  Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)  and the Department of Health (DOH). "As a family physician we still consider the role of the members of the family  in giving medications for the elderlies. "They are supposed to be fully knowledgeable of the dosing  and of course the correct drugs that will be administered specially to the elderlies! Dr Alunes is affiliated with the Philippine Medical Association, also the Philippine Academy of Family Physicians, the Philippine Neurological Association and the Philippine College of Occupational Medicine.

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