Dr. Enrique Tayag, DOH Undersecretary-Director IV of National Epidemiology Center (third from left), supported the launch of Antibiotics Compliance Packs made by Watsons Pharmacy and Unilab. The event was likewise attended by Lyle Joseph Morel, Health Business Unit Director of Watsons Pharmacy; Dr. Lindon Lee Suy, Program Manager of DOH’s National Center for Disease Prevention and Control; Dr. Robert Sun, Chief Operating Officer Watsons Personal Care Stores Inc. Philippines; Dra. Anna Melissa Guerrero, Program Director of National Center for Pharmaceutical Access and Management; and Allan Bautista, Operating Vice President of United Laboratories, Inc.

WATSONS PHARMACY and pharmaceutical manufacturer UNILAB launched the antibiotics Compliance Pack to promote and teach proper antibiotic use to Filipinos and to help prevent the emergence of superbugs (antibiotic-resistant bacteria). Antibiotics Compliance Packs are now being sold exclusively in all outlets of WATSONS PHARMACY.

The Compliance Packs contain prepackaged antibiotics in amounts that are usually prescribed by doctors to patients. They are priced forty to sixty percent lower compared to multi-national brands. The antibiotics in these packs are of guaranteed quality and effectiveness, sourced from UNILAB.

“When we heard about the project (antibiotics Compliance Packs) we agreed right away to be part of it. That’s because making medicines more affordable to more Filipinos is an advocacy of UNILAB,” said Atty. Jose Maria Ochave, Corporate VP for Business Development Group, UNILAB.

Ochave said that UNILAB keeps improving its initiative in lowering the prices of its medicine. It manufactures and markets off-patent pharmaceuticals that are just as effective, yet more affordable, compared to equivalent branded drugs. The antibiotics manufactured by UNILAB, which cost forty to sixty percent lower than multinational brands, are packaged in the Compliance Packs.

According to Lyle Joseph Morrell, Health Business Unit Head of WATSONS, the lower prices of quality antibiotics being sold in Compliance Packs will help patients use antibiotics more properly.

As an example, Morrell mentioned Amoxicillin 500mg, the most basic type of antibiotic used to treat patients with community acquired infections. “A full dosage of Amoxicillin 500mg costs P273 if one buys from a multinational brand. On the other hand, a full dose of Amoxicillin 500mg in a Compliance Pack costs only P110. That’s already a savings of 60 percent if the consumer buys the Compliance Pack,” said Morrell.

Dangerous misuse

During the launch, a lecture on improper antibiotic use and superbugs– antibiotic-resistant bacteria that no longer treatable by the antibiotics being used today–was presented Dr. Rontgene M. Solante, president of the Philippines Society of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.

According to Dr. Solante, the number one cause of superbugs emergence is improper use of antibiotics. Superbugs are. “If we keep using antibiotics improperly, the day may come when our antibiotics no longer work against bacterial infections—we will have an infectious disease apocalypse that will endanger the human race,” says Dr. Solante.

Dr. Solante explained in his presentation how ordinary bacteria become superbugs. He said that when the wrong antibiotic is used at a wrong dosage, the bacteria that survive are able to mutate: changing their chemical and cellular structure so that when they are exposed to an antibiotic, it no longer affects them.

He said that four practices antibiotic misuse, which are unfortunately common in the Philippines, promote the emergence of superbugs. These include:

Self-medication. It’s risky to self-medicate, that is, to use antibiotics without a doctor’s prescription. When a patient buys antibiotics without a consulting a doctor, using an old prescription, or following the advice of relatives and friends, it’s likely that the antibiotics purchased will be the wrong ones, and will also be used at an improper dosage

Skipping a dose of antibiotic. Patients who miss a dose or several doses of antibiotic are allowing bacteria to recover from the antibiotic’s effects. There’s also a risk that the infection resurge

Stopping the antibiotic dose too early. There are patients who stop taking antibiotics once they feel better. Others are unable to buy all the antibiotics prescribed because they don’t have enough money.

Using antibiotics like over the counter drugs. Antibiotics are powerful medications that must be used only under a doctor’s supervision. Sadly, there are patients who think antibiotics are used to relieve symptoms like fever, body pain, coughs and colds. Such symptoms are usually caused by a viral infection. Antibiotics are not used to treat viral infections.

Instead, viral infections are best cured by taking enough rest, drinking lots of fluids, taking vitamins and supplements; using lozenges and other remedies. These remedies plus the body’s immune system are usually enough to fight off a viral infection.

Some patients, however, do not know the difference between a viral and a bacterial infection. So they antibiotics without a doctor’s prescription, just like over-the-counter medicines—and some drugstores allow patients to do this. Dr. Solante cited a medical study that found that 66% of antibiotics sold in Manila were sold without a prescription.

“These practices, when done often enough, lead to the emergence of superbugs. In the Philippines, two types of bacteria—one that causes gonorrhea and another that causes tuberculosis, are already antibiotic-resistant,” he said.

Antibiotics compliance campaign

The antibiotics Compliance Pack is part of a joint campaign for antibiotics compliance being conducted by WATSONS and UNILAB. The Compliance Packs sold in WATSONS stores are one way of educating the public about proper antibiotic use and will help patients use antibiotics properly.

Since the antibiotics are already pre-packaged in their proper amounts, they are more convenient and accurate to use. The lower price and high quality of the Compliance Packs
antibiotics, as provided by UNILAB, also make them more affordable to patients.

WATSONS also helps in the campaign by making sure its store pharmacists are well-trained and knowledgeable in the proper use of antibiotics. Patients who are buying antibiotics in WATSONS stores are assisted by pharmacists and taught how to use antibiotics properly.

If a patient wants to buy unprescribed antibiotics but obviously only has cold symptoms or a viral infection, which do not need antibiotics to be cured—then the pharmacist may either point out that the patient does not need antibiotics yet, or tell the patient to consult a doctor first. The pharmacist may also recommend over-the-counter medicine to relieve a patient’s symptoms.

Solante said that the problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and a possible “infectious disease apocalypse” is a serious health concern in the Philippines and the rest of the world. He said that a campaign like the one by WATSONS and UNILAB is a good idea and will help efforts of doctors, researchers and the Department of Health in preventing superbug emergence in the country.

AVIDA TOWERS Makati West balances Career Success with a Happy Home Life in the Community

All work and no play makes life dull for everyone—but for those who are happy about their careers, it’s not a matter of choosing between home and work, but a quest to find the optimum balance between the two. This is why their ideal living space is one that creates the perfect mix of career and home life—something that Avida Towers Makati West provides. Units at Tower One are ready for occupancy—in keeping with the Avida guarantee of hassle-free city living and easy transactions.

Avida Towers Makati West’s strategic location, plus its tastefully designed and functional amenities offer an integrated and harmonious residential space for those who work hard, play hard, and look forward to a refreshing, re-charging experience at home–without being far away from the conveniences and thrills of urban living.

“Avida Towers Makati West offers the best of both worlds: living spaces that offer tranquility, privacy and security. At the same time, the opportunities to blaze your trail toward work success and fulfillment are not too distant.

“Residents of Avida Towers Makati West are able to take their careers to dazzling heights; and when they come home, they can enjoy the fruits of their labor in peace and leisure, alone or with their loved ones. It’s simply the ideal place to balance work, family and personal, private time,” says Dez Cruz, Avida Land Head of Residential Buildings.

Located at the junctures of Malugay, Yakal and Lumbayao streets and right inside the Makati Central Business District, Avida Towers Makati West is literally minutes away from offices, malls, supermarkets, restaurants, schools and hospitals.

Living in balance

While Avida Towers Makati West’s strategic location lets residents take care of their convenience, the amenities and other features are well-planned to balance the needs of their working life with the requirements of personal wellness and family living.

The interior landscaping provides greenery and a sensible, practical yet aesthetic design, creating a pleasing sense of privacy and relaxation.

The clubhouse and infinity swimming pool provide areas for recreation, exercise and refreshment. The children’s play area offers grownups and kids opportunities for bonding, laughter and simply joys.

From concept to design, to amenities and property management, Avida Towers Makati West is built for comfort, security, convenience and well-being of residents.

As in all Avida Land properties, Avida Towers Makati West is designed to include the 5 Must-Haves of condominium living. These include: 1) Free-flowing air and sunlight; 2) Fewer units per floor; 3) Sensible amenities; 4) Emergency power even inside your unit; and 5) Easy payment terms

“Life is simply more relaxing, comfortable and healthier when air and sunlight flow freely through the floors and the units. Lesser units per floor prevent crowding. As for the amenities, they are planned and chosen for the utmost convenience and comfort of residents, without them having to pay too much on maintenance costs.

“We’re also happy to point out that Avida Towers Makati West, just like all our other condominium developments, has enough backup power to allow residents to use their refrigerators, TVs and lights during power outages,” says Cruz.

When it comes to payment, Cruz points out that Avida properties offer easy payment terms and the most convenient, stress-free transactions. Buyers of two-bedroom units have the option to stretch their downpayment up to 36 months.

A centralized water supply, 24-hour security, a safe and reliable waste-disposal system, two elevators, a spacious and elegant main lobby, and even a mailbox for each unit—these are all meant to remove worries from residents’ minds so they can live the life they deserve.

Avida recently celebrated the completion of Tower 1 of Avida Towers Makati West  and the its amenities, which included the clubhouse, pool, outdoor gym, landscaped areas and a children’s play area, through a grand event entitled “Bountiful Breakfasts.”

All Avida Towers are planned and built with the five condo must-haves in mind: free-flowing air and sunlight, fewer units per floor, sensible amenities, emergency power even inside your unit, and easy payment terms, making it a home that fits a condo-hunter’s needs now and over the long-term. With quality that is sure to last, an Avida home is a must-have.

For more informations  on Avida Towers Makati West, please call 848-5200 or visit

This publication is provided by Chris Cahilig Consultancy c/o Mr. Chris Cahilig / Liza Vicente / Judy Lateo.