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PIA Press Release
2006/10/09

"Botika ng Barangay" offers cheaper medicines

by Juliet Saley

BONTOC, MT. Province (9 October) -- Higher-priced branded medicines are often times preferred by the public. But the high cost of these medicines has made it unaffordable specially for the poor.

To make available to the greatest number of people essential drugs which are safe, efficacious, of high quality and low cost, 72 Botika ng Barangay (BnB) are now established in the province.

These 72 BnBs are distributed in the 10 municipalities of Mt. Province. The municipality of Natonin has the most with 12 BnBs followed by the municipalities of Bontoc and Tadian with 9 BnBs each.

Paracelis has 8 BnBs, and Besao has 7. The municipalities of Bauko and Sadanga have 6 each while Barlig, Sabangan and Sagada with 5 BnBs each.

Provincial BnB coordinator Dr. Helen Tikchap said initially, these BnBs except for Natonin BnBs and the Maligcong BnB were given P12,500 worth of free medicines from the national government as their seed capital. BnBs in Natonin were given P25,000 worth of medicines while the Maligcong BnB which is newly opened has not yet received its medicines.

Tikchap said they also refill these BnBs with the available medicines they have. The refilled medicines coming from the national government are given free as additional seed capital.

For medicines not available, the BnBs may purchase at the Provincial Health Office or at the CFB pharmacy in Bontoc, the sole accredited distributor of BnBs which offer cheaper price.

The Botika ng Barangay encourages the use of Generic drugs. Through BnBs, more and more people will now be able to purchase generic over the counter drugs. Gone are the days when one will not be able to complete the prescribed dosage because of costly medicines. (PIA-MP) [top]

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