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PIA Press Release
2007/10/15

Medicines come cheaper for Cappuccinos

by Jemin B. Guillermo

Roxas City (15 October) -- Capiceņos have been enjoying cheaper medicines courtesy of the Provincial Government of Capiz.

Dr. Jarvis Punsalan, head of the Provincial Health Office (PHO) of Capiz disclosed that about 40 kinds of branded but cheaper medicines are being sold in various government hospital pharmacies in the province.

The program of the provincial government here on Parallel Drug Importation (PDI) started in 2001 which was initiated by then Trade and Industry Secretary, now Senator Mar Roxas.

Aside from the PDI program, the province also initiated the pooled procurement system resulting in the provincial government's saving of 30 to 40 percent in its medicines procurement.

Punsalan revealed that the province is also planning to expand the sale of cheaper medicines to the local government units through its rural health units (RHUs) and the Botika sa Barangays.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo earlier vowed to certify Senate Bill 1658, otherwise known as the Quality Affordable Medicines Act sponsored by Senator Roxas, which is the milestone of the government's efforts to promote better health and longer productive lives for the people.

On the other hand, the Philippine International Trading Corporation (PITC), a government corporation engaged in the parallel importation of off-patent medicine for sale and distribution in the Philippines, signed an agreement with State Trading Corporation (STC) of India Ltd. on trade cooperation and drug sourcing, Malacaņang said. (PIA) [top]

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