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  • For the more discerning moms: SP & Mommy Blogger Field Trip to Amherst Laboratories

  • Decisions are part and parcel of any mom’s life. From food, to clothes, to picking the right school, moms are placed in the both privileged and challenging position to make sound choices for the benefit and welfare of her family, most importantly, her kids.

    In times of sickness, moms turn to reliable medicines to help ease their children back to health, along with their tender loving care, of course. The process of choosing the right medicine, however, is not an easy one. Moms have to take into account the price, efficacy and other aspects.

    Last week, I was given the chance, along with a group of lively and charming mommy bloggers to visit the Amherst Laboratories in Mamplasan, Laguna, where pharmaceutical companies such as Unilab produce their medicines. It was the perfect opportunity for them to ask questions to the Amherst experts such as Adi de Leon, Amherst plant director and Dr. Lourdes Genuino from Unilab’s Medical Affairs Division.

    The trip began with a short ice breaker, followed by a presentation by experts from Amherst Laboratories on making quality choices and other important concerns such as the side effects of medicines, expiration of medicines (it’s actually 6 months after the expiration date!) quality food choices and daily recommended food servings.

    The next part required the mommy bloggers and I to then don the proper attire before entering the plant. We had to put on a scrubs-looking suit with matching hair cap, also covering our shoes with plastic to avoid contamination within the plant. To further decrease the chance of contamination, we washed our hands with high-tech faucets and began our tour inside the Mamplasan plant. Some mommy bloggers even sang the “Happy Birthday” song just to make sure they were washing their hands during the right amount of time, and just for laughs.

    Once we roamed the viewing corridors of the plant, it was definitely an eye-opening experience. Each step of the medicine-making process involves such a high amount of pinpoint accuracy, top-of-the-line machines, constant checking, re-checking, weighing, measuring, and more. All throughout the medicine-making process, they really make it a point to prove what it means to claim that when pharmaceutical companies such as Unilab say quality, they mean quality.

    Some trivia about Amherst Laboratories:
    •    Why did they name the plant Amherst? It’s actually a place in the U.S. close to the owner’s heart.
    •    The plant spans over 5,500 square meters.
    •    Each of their deliveries come with a certificate of analysis.

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