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Government Advocacy

 

1. Generics Act of 1988 (Republic Act No. 6675)
a. Date of Amendment: September 13, 1988
b. Subject Matter: AN ACT INSTITUTING THE COMPREHENSIVE DANGEROUS DRUGS ACT OF 2002, REPEALING REPUBLIC ACT NO. 6425, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE DANGEROUS DRUGS ACT OF 1972, AS AMENDED, PROVIDING FUNDS THEREFOR, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.
c. Statement of Policy:
  • To promote, encourage and require the use of generic terminology in the importation, manufacture, distribution, marketing, advertising and promotion, prescription and dispensing of drugs;
  • To ensure the adequate supply of drugs with generic names at the lowest possible cost and endeavor to make them available for free to indigent patients;
  • To encourage the extensive use of drugs with generic names through a rational system of procurement and distribution;
  • To emphasize the scientific basis for the use of drugs, in order that health professionals may become more aware and cognizant of their therapeutic effectiveness; and
  • To promote drug safety by minimizing duplication in medications and/or use of drugs with potentially adverse drug interactions.

2. Senior Citizens Act (Republic Act No. 9994)
a. Date of Amendment: April 22, 2010
b. Subject Matter:
AN ACT GRANTING ADDITIONAL BENEFITS AND PRIVILEGES TO SENIOR CITIZENS, FURTHER AMENDING REPUBLIC ACT NO. 7432, AS AMENDED, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS "AN ACT TO MAXIMIZE THE CONTRIBUTION OF SENIOR CITIZENS TO NATION BUILDING, GRANT BENEFITS AND SPECIAL PRIVILEGES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES"
c. Statement of Policy:
Consistent with these constitutional principles, this Act shall serve the following objectives:
  • To recognize the rights of senior citizens to take their proper place in society and make it a concern of the family, community, and government;
  • To give full support to the improvement of the total well-being of the elderly and their full participation in society, considering that senior citizens are integral part of Philippine society;
  • To motivate and encourage the senior citizens to contribute to nation building;
  • To encourage their families and the communities they live with to reaffirm the valued Filipino tradition of caring for the senior citizens;
  • To provide a comprehensive health care and rehabilitation system for disabled senior citizens to foster their capacity to attain a more meaningful and productive ageing; and
  • To recognize the important role of the private sector in the improvement of the welfare of senior citizens and to actively seek their partnership.
In accordance with these objectives, this Act shall:
  • Establish mechanisms whereby the contributions of the senior citizens are maximized;
  • Adopt measures whereby our senior citizens are assisted and appreciated by the community as a whole;
  • Establish a program beneficial to the senior citizens, their families and the rest of the community they serve: and
  • Establish community-based health and rehabilitation programs for senior citizens in every political unit of society."

3. Universally Accessible Cheaper and Quality Medicines Act of 2008
a. Date of Amendment: June 6, 2008
b. Subject Matter:
AN ACT PROVIDING FOR CHEAPER AND QUALITY MEDICINES, AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8293 OR THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CODE, REPUBLIC ACT NO. 6675 OR THE GENERICS ACT OF 1988, AND REPUBLIC ACT NO. 5921 OR THE PHARMACY LAW, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
c. Statement of Policy:
It is the policy of the State to protect public health and, when the public interest or circumstances of extreme urgency so require, it shall adopt appropriate measures to promote and ensure access to affordable quality drugs and medicines for all.
Pursuant to the attainment of this general policy, an effective competition policy in the supply and demand of quality affordable drugs and medicines is recognized by the State as a primary instrument. In the event that full competition is not effective, the State recognizes as a reserve instrument the regulation of prices of drugs and medicines, with clear accountability by the implementing authority as mandated in this Act, as one of the means to also promote and ensure access to quality affordable medicines.

Definition

A generic drug is a medicine that has gone off patent, therefore, it can be manufactured by any pharmaceutical company. It is the same as its brand-name drug, also known as the innovator, in terms of:

  • Dosage - the way should be taken/used
  • Safety
  • Strength
  • Quality

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Government Advocacy

1. Generics Act of 1988 (Republic Act No. 6675)
a. Date of Amendment: September 13, 1988
b. Subject Matter: AN ACT INSTITUTING THE COMPREHENSIVE DANGEROUS DRUGS ACT OF 2002, REPEALING REPUBLIC ACT NO. 6425, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE DANGEROUS DRUGS ACT OF 1972...

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FAQ's

A generic name refers to the identification of drugs and medicines by their scientifically and internationally recognized active ingredients or by their official generic name as determined by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) of the Department of Health. An active ingredient is the chemical component responsible for the claimed therapeutic effect of the pharmaceutical product.

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Cures that kill

In 2007, more than 350 people in Panama died because of a cough syrup. The reason: diethylene glycol, an industrial solvent not approved not approved for human consumption, had been added in the drug as a substitute for the more expensive but safer glycerin.

Here in the Philippines, a 41 year old woman died from uterine atony while four others had to have emergency hysterectomies.

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Proper Storage

Proper Storage of Medicines

Various types of medications can be found in your homes. Medicines are very sensitive and can easily degrade when not stored properly. Thus, it is important to learn how to store your medicines appropriately.

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Links

 

• Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD)
http://bfad.gov.ph

 

• Department of Health (DOH)
http://doh.gov.ph

• Will public health trumps patents in congress?
http://www.pcij.org/stories/2008/cheaper-medicines4.html

• New Rx needed for generics movement?
http://pcij.org/i-report/2006/generics2.html

• Philippines: Expensive Medicines
http://www.globalvoicesonline.org/2007/10/10/philippines-expensive-medicines/

• UN agency backs medicine bill
http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=politics6_jan29_2008

• Govt hospitals ordered to prescribe generics
http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=news3_nov24_2007

• WHO: Implementation of Philippine generics law
http://mednet3.who.int/icium/icium1997/posters/4c1_text.html

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What's the deal with those colored containers? Are they supposed to coordinate with your clothing or something?

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