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By Anna Valmero INQUIRER.net First Posted 17:19:00 09/25/2009 Filed Under: Health, Pharmaceuticals
MANILA, Philippines - Six out of 10 Filipinos are opting for generic medicines over more expensive branded counterparts paving the way for healthy competition in the local pharmaceutical industry, according to Health secretary Francisco Duque III. Duque said more Filipinos are buying generic-branded medicines that are up to 80 percent cheaper. Generic drugs are quality copies of original or ³innovator´ medicines developed by major pharmaceutical firms. In the Philippines, a company that develops a particular medicine has 20 years of exclusive rights to produce and sell that product. Once this period expires, other companies can make quality copies and sell them at a lower price, as stated under Republic Act 6675 or the Generics Act of 1998. ³This emerging generation of wise consumers is growing and has prompted a reduction in prices in medicines such as paracetamol and amoxicillin, among others,´ Duque said. As part of the Generics Awareness month celebration, DOH signed an agreement with the Cancer Warriors Foundation to invest P20 million for the purchase of generic anti-cancer medicines for children with leukemia through PITC-Pharma, which offered the drug at a price five times cheaper than innovator counterparts. Duque encouraged physicians to prescribe to patients generic drugs to remove the misconception that generics are not as effective as branded ones. Some generic drug manufacturers put brands on their products to capitalize on this ³brand mentality´ but actually, 13,500 ³Botika ng Barangay´ (translated to Village Pharmacy) outlets nationwide sell the same quality generic drugs as low as P0.50 or P1 per tablet. ³It¶s amazing that many of our countrymen do not know that what they are really using are generic drugs. For example, the generic medicine paracetamol can be bought as Biogesic, Tempra, Calpol or as generic²only the brands and price differ but they have the same quality,´ said Duque. ³If more doctors prescribe generic medicines and more people use them, these will further drive down medicine prices and make medicine more accessible especially for the poor,´ Duque added.
Pharmaceuticals y REPRINT THIS ARTICLE ADVERTISEMENT MANILA²Good news for consumers. Prices of five essential medicines will be slashed by half starting Aug. 15.´ said the order. 15. President Macapagal-Arroyo signed Executive Order 821. The order was signed by Arroyo on July 27 but was released only yesterday. From now until Aug. The EO listed the maximum drug retail price (MDRP) for these five medicines. the antibiotic/antibacterial drug azithromycin and the anti-neoplastics/anti-cancer drugs cytarabine and doxorubicin.To recognize generic medicine companies and their products. ³The reduction of the prices of these drugs and medicines shall commence on Aug. 5th floor SM Mega Mall from Friday to Saturday. 2009 and shall be fully implemented by Sept. DoH. the anti-cholesterol drug atorvastatin. 15. 15. together with partner agencies. Arroyo signs order for 5 cheaper drugs . which reduced by 50 percent the prices of five essential medicines whose prices their manufacturers have refused to voluntarily bring down. a ³transition period´ will require appropriate . is hosting the first Philippine Generics Exposition in Megatrade Hall 1. These are the anti-hypertensive drug amlodipine. Cebu Daily NewsFirst Posted 10:36:00 07/29/2009Filed Under: Laws. 2009. It said the list of the medicines included MDRP and their corresponding prices will be reviewed by the Department of Health (DOH) three to six months after the effectivity of the order or ³as often as necessary´ by the Secretary of Health. Medicines.
those medicines that do not have healthy competition from viable generic counterparts. amoebiasis (a leading cause of diarrhea) and cancers (such as leukemia which is the top killer pediatric cancer). including drugstores. Price differentials shall be shouldered by the manufacturer/trader or importer of the drug. Drug companies also offered to voluntarily reduce the prices of 22 other medicines that were not included in the list recommended for price ceiling. hospitals and hospital pharmacies. After Aug. and those medicines that account for the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the country. upon the recommendation of the DOH. labeling and disposition of existing inventory. Last week. . to impose a price ceiling on medicines in case market competition fails to curb exorbitant drug prices. These are medicines for hypertension. pharmaceutical companies bowed to government pressure to reduce by 50 percent the prices of 16 other essential medicines which the DOH has also found to be excessive. Republic Act 9502 or the so-called cheaper medicines law which was signed in June last year allows the President. those medicines where the innovator product is the most expensive yet most prescribed or bought in the market. common bacterial infections. The EO said the DOH and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) included in the MDRP list those medicines that are sold at much higher prices here compared to their international prices.packaging. the President ordered. But the drug companies refused to give in to the DOH's appeal for a 50-percent price cut on the other five medicines in the DOH's list. the order and price ceiling will be strictly enforced ³regardless of extent of existing inventory and compliance with packaging and labeling requirements´. diabetes. 15. The MDRP shall be imposed in all retail outlets whether public or private.
´ ³With the signing of the EO. composed of drug companies. convenience stores and supermarkets. most of these medicines will remain inaccessible to the poor who live on an income of less than P100 a day. including adequate healthcare financing through PhilHealth. said the EO reflects ³initial efforts to bring down the prices of . PHAP members will abide by the law and the guidelines set out in the EO. Robert So. infrastructure building and training of healthcare providers in the rural provinces. then affected companies will have to study options to remain viable. said it will abide by the EO but warned of ³long-term negative consequences.´ it warned.health maintenance organizations. ³PHAP asserts that price control may deliver some short-term benefits but the long-term negative consequences not only on the pharmaceutical industry but in other industries must be considered. However PHAP regrets that price control for certain (drug) molecules has been imposed since it believes that the same result could be achieved through free market competition. Social Security System and the Government Service Insurance System.. program manager of the DOH's National Drug Policy. The new prices shall also serve as the ceiling for reimbursement by the Philippine Health Insurance Corp.´ ³PHAP proposes that a longer term solution be implemented that considers healthcare reform. Dr.´ it said.´ PHAP said in a statement. The Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Association of the Philippines (PHAP). The group insisted that the MDRP ³is not the best approach since even at drastically reduced prices. If price adjustments do not result in market expansion. The new prices will also serve as the ceiling for the procurement of such drugs by all government hospitals and government agencies including the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation.
the maximum price for the following medicines are: Amlopidine 2. .´ he added. Boticas. But so far. However Cebu has only around 500 drugstores because some pharmacists are not operating drugstores. Uy said they have to rely on their national organization to negotiate with the multi-national drug companies. one of those on the list.85. according to the president of the Cebu Pharmacist Association. which has six outlets in Cebu City. ³The MDRP is a reserve instrument. Boticas want rebate for existing stocks DRUGSTORES in Cebu are willing to comply with Executive Order 821 but they want a rebate from drug suppliers for their existing stocks. are in strong demand. ³It is not a problem to comply as long as drugstores will not be at the losing end. We'll only use it as a last resort. He said the new government policy to lower prices of essential medicines would benefit consumers . We are scared that the time will come that the government will force us and we will be operating at a loss.´ he added. multi-national companies did not commit any rebate although some reportedly volunteered to do so.5mg tablet P9.´said Robinson Uy. We should get a rebate from drug companies on medicines that have long been delivered and paid for. we can always use the MDRP when needed.´ he said. he said they would suffer a loss with a 50-percent discount. pay for stocks upon delivery. 5mg tablet P22. ³If the pharmaceutical companies won't work with us and won't impose fair prices where we would not be on the losing end. The Cebu Pharmacists Association has 700 members.medicines´ under the cheaper medicines law regime. general manager of La Nueva Pharmacy. We're not going to abuse our discretion. Uy said they could not give specific figures with Aug. he said.60. Since drugstores have already paid for stocks of these drugs. Five Essential Medicines Under the EO. 15 still about two weeks away and medicines being sold daily. ³We are also worried. he said. especially the smaller ones. Until an inventory is completed. Anti-hypertension drugs.
Laws.00.43. Doxorubicin 10mg powder vial for injection P1465.10mg tablet P38. 20mg film-coated tablet P39.79 Amlodipine besilate 10mg+ Atorvastatin calcium 80mg tablet P91.75. and 2g granules P468.75 Amlodipine besilate 5mg+ Atorvastatin calcium 20mg tablet P66.50. Consumer Issues. 100mg/mL ampule/vial (IV/SC) 10mL or 1g vial P1800. 100mg/mL ampule/vial (IV/SC) 5mL or 500mg vial P900.13 Amlodipine besilate 10mg+ Atorvastatin calcium 20mg tablet P73.50.74. (UPDATE 2) Arroyo signs cheaper medicines law By Lira Dalangin-Fernandez INQUIRER.00. Legislation.25 Amlodipine besilate 5mg+ Atorvastatin calcium 40mg tablet P84.Government.50 Atorvastatin 10mg film-coated tablet P34. 500mg vial for injection P992. 50mg powder vial for injection P2265.00. Medicines .42 Amlodipine besilate 5mg+ Atorvastatin calcium 80mg tablet P89. 40mg film-coated tablet P50.50. Health. 500 mg tablet P151.45. 80mg film-coated tablet P50.00.79 Azithromycine 250mg tablet P108.99 Amlodipine besilate 10mg+ Atorvastatin calcium 10mg tablet P51. 200mg/5mL powder for suspension (15mL) P427.63 Amlodipine besilate 5mg+ Atorvastatin calcium 10mg tablet P45.00 Cytarabine 100mg/mL ampul/vial (IV/SC) P240. 200mg/5mL powder for suspension (22.50mL) P638.13.net First Posted 10:38:00 06/06/2008 Filed Under: Congress.25 Amlodipine besilate 10mg+ Atorvastatin calcium 40mg tablet P91.50.00. 20mg/mL 5mL ampule/vial for injection P1980.
said the new law would allow it to expand a program to deliver cheap medicines to the grassroots. The other senators present at the signing were Pia Cayetano and Ramon Revilla Jr. For it to get the nod of the lawmakers. and food. Laguna -. "We all know about the importance of the Generics Law before but it was incomplete. Arroyo also agreed to remove a "generics only" provision that would have required physicians to only prescribe the generic names of drugs." Arroyo said in a brief message after signing the new law She directed the Department of Health (DoH) to come up with the implementing rules and regulations within 120 days." also seeks to help the local generics industry by amending the Intellectual Property Code and strengthening the regulatory powers of the Bureau of Food and Drugs against substandard medicine. especially members of the House of Representatives." Health Secretary Francisco Duque said in a statement.000 outlets nationwide by 2010. He also said safeguards are in place to prevent the proliferation of fake drugs. the law¶s principal author. Congress finally ratified it in April this year. "With the signing of this Act. Arroyo said the measure was part of government efforts to make medicines affordable to the people. for its part. said the measure will remove all roadblocks towards parallel importation of medicines. Several congressmen also showed up for the ceremony. CRUZ. and now with the cheaper medicines and quality bill we have completed. electricity. But the measure's passage came after months of intense debates amid alleged efforts by pharmaceutical firms to delay. especially the poor already burdened by high prices of oil.STA. the cheaper medicines bill was bypassed by the 13th Congress due to lack of time and quorum. In an interview after the signing. or the "Universally Accessible Cheaper and Quality Medicines Act of 2008.President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed here on Friday a new law that aims to bring down the price of medicines by encouraging more competition in the local market through parallel importation of cheaper but quality drugs. . The agency. water down. the DoH is put into high gear to further accelerate efforts to expand Botika ng Barangay [Drugstore of the Villages] outlets with the goal of 15. Senator Manuel Roxas II. or archive the bill. our legislative reforms in bringing affordable medicines to the people. Republic Act 9502. I believe. Although listed as a priority measure by the Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC).
(UPDATE) The Senate has approved on second reading five bills including a proposed legislation to bring down the cost of medicines as it passed on third reading a measure giving additional retirement benefits to justices and judges across the country.´ Senate President Manuel Villar said Tuesday. Allowing the government use of patented drugs when the public interest is at stake. produce and register their generic versions of patented drugs.With the new law." to give the consumer more choices. 2007 MANILA. so these can be sold right upon patent expiry ("early working principle"). for prevention of diseases. Philippines -. . any individual or organization registered with the Bureau of Food and Drugs may import medicines and sell them cheap to the public. upon the recommendation of the Secretary of Health. Giving the President the power to put price ceilings on various drugs. and those on the Philippine National Drug Formulary (PNDF) Essential Drug List. Senate approves cheaper medicines bill. The senators also passed the proposed measures giving more benefits for household helpers. ³I acknowledge the sheer determination and commitment of my colleagues in fast-tracking the passage of these important measures to benefit our countrymen. Other salient features of the new law include: Prohibition of the grant of new patents based only on newly-discovered uses of a known drug substance. Strengthening the Bureau of Food and DrugAdministration so that it could ensure the safety of medicines. by allowing it to retain its revenues for upgrading of its facilities. including those sourced from "parallel importation. equipment and human resources.net Posted date: October 02. 4 other measures By Veronica Uy INQUIRER. and Ensuring the availability of affordable medicines by requiring drug outlets to carry a variety of brands for each drug. Allowing local generics firms to test. These drugs include those for chronic illnesses.
while various committees have submitted their reports on the Veterans bill.´ The Quality Affordable Medicines Act of 2007 seeks to allow the parallel importation of more affordable medicines. The committees also recommend strengthening the Bureau of Food and Drug to curb fake or substandard medicines by allowing the bureau to retain its operating income from fees and other charges so it could upgrade its facilities and beef up its human resources. and grant them pension and medical benefits from the Social Security System and the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. the Kasambahay bill will among others. and the creation of the Commission on Missing Persons. Also to be filed are the committee reports on the Personal Equity Retirement Act. Senator Manuel Roxas II.´ said Villa . He said the bills are expected to be approved in the Senate before it adjourns on October 12. but at this time we have already passed five bills and we hope to increase this number. public health emergencies. also recommends the creation of a Congressional Oversight Committee on Quality Affordable Medicines. Credit Information Bureau. ³As I have said. the Senate. the Anti-Stalking bill. submitted by the Senate committees on trade and commerce and health and demography. ³Such accomplishments are made in the midst of a number of equally important Senate investigations on issues of national importance and parallel hearings on the budget. and a bill granting good conduct time allowance to deserving prisoners. illegal price manipulation. give household helpers 15 days of vacation leave every year. we are immersed foremost in the business of the people. said the bills¶ passage was a ³powerful message that despite the raging controversies.providing guidelines in the presentation of suspects in press conferences. Villar said the farmers¶ bill or the Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement Fund extension and the Entrepreneurs Act have also been sponsored.´ which is practiced by drug companies to extend the term of their patents. allocating an initial P25 million to the Department of Health for the implementation of the law. normally. during the First Regular Session. It seeks to adopt the ³early working´ principle that allows the generics industry to start work on medicines whose patents are about to expire. and the three-year term for AFP chief of staff. principal sponsor of the cheaper medicines bill. The bill also gives the President the power to impose drug price ceilings in times of calamity. and to disallow the grant of new patents on grounds of ³new use. Committee Report 6. Inquiries are ongoing in the Senate on the wiretapping controversy and the controversial $329million deal with China¶s ZTE Corp. the Anti-Cellular Phone Theft Act. and other instances of unreasonable drug price hikes. is unable to pass bills.´ said Villar. the amendment to the Child Pornography Law. On the other hand.
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