Good news! the medicine used to treat stroke patients is now free in the selected Philippines government hospitals. The Department of Health (DOH) announced that the alteplase or tissue plasminogen activator will be made available for free.

Get free medicine for stroke in selected govt' hospitals

DOH Secretary Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubia explained that the emergency medicine 'alteplease', which usually costs P80,000 per vial, was procured by the department in bulk at P30,000.

Rosell-Ubia said, "Alteplase is truly a life saving drug and every stroke patient eligible to receive it, should have access to it. It is not acceptable that a patient who cannot shelve out Php 80,000 will be deprived of this emergency medicine at a time when this is needed the most."

She further explained that the said medicine is ideally given in the first 3 hours upon onset of acute stroke.

But she advised doctors to know first the type of stroke of the patient has because alteplease will only benefit a patient with ischemic type of stroke.

"Alteplase will just worsen the stroke if given to those with the haemorrhagic type since this will just promote more bleeding in the brain," she added.

Here's the list of government hospitals that offer free alteplease under the DOH's Stroke Medical


- East Avenue Medical Center
- Philippine Heart Center
- Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center
- National Kidney and Transplant Institute
- Quirino Memorial Medical Center
- Las PiƱas General Hospital & Satellite Trauma Center
- Philippine General Hospital


- Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center
- -Mariano Marcos Memorial Medical Center
- Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center
- Cagayan Valley Medical Center
- Southern Isabela General Hospital
- Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital
- Paulino J. Garcia Memorial Research & Medical Center
- Batangas Medical Center
- Bicol Regional Training & Teaching Hospital
- Bicol Medical Center


- Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital
- Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital
- Western Visayas Medical Center
- Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center


- Zamboanga City Medical Center
- Cotabato Regional and Medical Center
- Northern Mindanao Medical Center
- Mayor Hilarion A. Ramiro Sr. Regional & Teaching Hospital
- Southern Philippines Medical Center

And for the private hospitals in the country, they have to write to hospitals under DOH requesting for alteplase vials and the request will be granted, provided there is assurance that the medicine will be given for free, not even minimal cost, to eligible patients.

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