Cagayan Valley FDA urges public to report violators of Cheaper Medicines Law
Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya (October 22) -- The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) in Cagayan Valley appealed to the public to report any violators of the Cheaper Medicines Law so that they can act and respond accordingly.
Speaking before the members of the ConsumerNet at the Provincial Health Office (PHO) here, Leni Perez, FDA regional coordinator for Cagayan Valley said there is a need to safeguard the consumers specially the poor sectors against all forms of abuse and ensure their proper accessibility to cheaper medicines.
"We have to be vigilant and report immediately any acts committed in violation of the law so that we can prevent a repeat of such actions," Perez said.
Perez was one of the speakers during the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-led Consumer Welfare Month Celebration culminating program which coincided with the awarding of the winners for this year's Search For Best Consumer-Friendly Business Establishments in the province.
According to Perez, the consuming public must be wary of drugstores and pharmacies who refuse to comply with the prescribed Maximum Drug Retail Price (MDRP).
She also advised the public to 1.) demand an official receipt (OR), 2.) see to it that the name (Generic Name and Brand Name) and corresponding prices of the drugs and medicines are indicated in the receipt issued and 3.) observe that the date of purchase of the drugs and medicines is also indicated in said receipt.
Republic Act 9502, known as the "Universally Accessible Cheaper and Quality Medicines Act of 2008" was signed into Law on July 4, 2008 by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to protect public health and adopt appropriate measures to promote and ensure access to affordable quality drugs and medicines for all.
Aside from the FDA, other government agencies mandated to oversee the implementation of the law are DTI, Department of Health and the Intellectual Property Office(IPO). (bme/PIA NVizcaya) [top]