FOURmula One Plus Botika ng Bayan (F1 Plus BnB) and Botika ng Bayani (F1 Plus BnBi) Program

In 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte highlighted his administration’s commitment to health signifying that he wanted to make sure that “no one goes home without buying medicine.” The revival of the Botika ng Bayan (BnB) was identified as one of the strategies to provide free access to essential medicines. The DOH pushed for the revival of BNB in recognition of its potential to improve access to medicines and health services which is strategically geared towards the fulfillment of the Universal Health Care (UHC).

The revitalized BNB shall be known as the FOURmula One Plus Botika ng Bayan (F1 Plus BNB) which mainly targets government primary health facilities including the Rural Health Units (RHUs) and Health Centers (HCs) in order to upgrade pharmacy services at the primary care level and become government operated pharmacies. It aims to harmonize the management of medicines (i.e., DOH program medicines and LGU medicines) at the primary care level under one structure as an officially licensed pharmacy serving free medicines to Filipino patients. This also formalizes the dispensing activities of RHUs, which by law must be licensed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). All these in combination with a strong partnership between the LGU and the DOH are being undertaken to ensure sustainable implementation of the BNB program.

Likewise, the DOH partnered with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for the establishment of FOURmula One Plus Botika ng Bayani (BNBi) outlets to provide essential medicines for the uniformed personnel and their dependents.

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