Posted on 29 January 2010

MeTA Philippines held its third forum on 27 January 2010 in Manila. The event brought together 150 stakeholders involved and interested in making medicines more accessible to citizens of the Philippines. The new Secretary for Health, Dr Cabral, opened the event and welcomed the participants.

The challenges that people face in accessing medicines were discussed in detail. It was revealed at the Forum that 60 percent of Filipinos have no access to the basic package of essential drugs. Dr Cabral highlighted the multi-stakeholder approach that MeTA is using to make information about medicines more transparent, with the ultimate goal of improving access to medicines.

"Now it's time to stop butting heads and start linking arms. It is not impossible to work out a united plan that will be acceptable to all, and in the end will benefit those who need it most," Dr Cabral said.

Journalists from television and newspapers attended the event, see the media clipping below:

Food supplements not medicines – FDA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will translate into Filipino the “No approved therapeutic claims” placed on labels of food supplements in a bid to make the public aware that these products proliferating in the market are not medicines. Link to the full article.

Romualdez: More than half of spending on health products unnecessary
By Sheila crisostomo

More than half of the country’s annual expenditures for health products ranging from P100 billion to P150 billion are unnecessary because they hardly provide any therapeutic effect, former health secretary Alberto Romualdez said yesterday. Link to the full article

Warning aired on ineffective health products
By Gerald Naval

FORMER Health Secretary Alberto G. Romualdez yesterday said Filipinos could be spending millions for health products that hardly provide any therapeutic effect. Link to the full article

Click here to read the press brief.

Categories: Availability, Key Issues, Multi-stakeholder, Philippines, Transparency

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