Prescribing psychiatric drugs sans S2 license


The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Friday said prescription of psychopharmacologic or psychiatric drugs does not require S2 license of the prescribing medical practitioner.

PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo Cacdac Jr. received a report from Director Helen Maita Reyes of the PDEA Compliance Service that some medical doctors in rural health units have experienced their prescriptions for psychiatric drugs not dispensed by local and community pharmacists because of non-indication of their S2 license in the prescription.

“This is to inform the general public that psychopharmacologic drugs such as Flouxetine, Sertraline, Chlorpromazine, Haloperidol, Olanzapine, Risepridone, Carbamazepine, Valproate, Biperiden and Diphenhydramine are not classified as dangerous drugs hence, prescriptions of these drugs can be done without the need of an S2 license of the prescribing medical practitioner,” Cacdac said.

Only medical practitioners, including attending physicians, dentists and veterinarians with legitimate S2 License issued by PDEA, through its Compliance Service, are authorized to prescribe to patients any dangerous drug preparations for legitimate medical purposes.



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