Albert Francis E. Domingo, MD

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From Guilty Pleasure to Medicinal Measure: Evolving Cannabis Policy in the Philippines

When is a drug “therapeutic” as opposed to “recreational”? The first term connotes an established usage in clinical medicine, while the second implies use for leisure with attendant state intervention in varying degrees across multiple jurisdictions. Cannabis, which is more commonly known as marijuana, has the primary psychoactive ingredient Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); other molecules found in […]


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How the Law Looks at the History of Health Care

This excerpt from Professional Services v. Agana (G.R. No. 126297) is telling of how Philippine Law (as symbolized by our Supreme Court which decided the case) views the history of health care: Until the mid-nineteenth century, hospitals were generally charitable institutions, providing medical services to the lowest classes of society, without regard for a patient’s […]


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Islam’s Take on Contraception and Abortion

(Reposted with permission from the original Facebook note by author Former COMELEC Commissioner Mehol K. Sadain) Contraception, which is the prevention of conception, has long been legally practiced among married Muslims. The rationale for allowing contraception ranges from health to economic reasons, and includes improving the quality of life of children and their family. Hence, […]


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