Roxas wants to strengthen drug importation system

Saturday, September 15, 2007 | posted in , , | 0 comments

Senator Mar Roxas is seeking to find ways on how to strengthen the existing system on the drug importation program as he believes that all efforts to provide the poor Filipinos with quality, affordable medicines have been hampered by the overly stringent patent system in the country, which he said makes for a less competitive environment.

He said this was what had been established during yesterday's joint public hearing conducted by the Senate committees on Trade and Health, with state firm Philippine International Trading Corp. (PITC) still facing law suits from big pharmaceutical companies in its program for the importation of more affordable medicines abroad.

But he also noted the success of the PITC's parallel importation program in bringing quality and affordable medicines to the Philippines resulting in savings from consumers who buy from the government's Botika sa Barangay outlets.


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