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Access to medicines through politics : preliminary assessment of drug price control policy in the Philippines

OPLAS, Bienvenido 'Nonoy'

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This paper analyses the philosophical, legal and political basis for declaring price control of any commodity in general, and medicine products in particular. It also discusses the evolution of policies and political events that coincide with the declaration and implementation of drug price control in the Philippines, and the policy’s impact on the various players and consumers in the country. The paper concludes that more competition, not more regulations like price control, will bring down medicine prices both in the short-term and long-term

A call for transparency in medicine pricing

October 2008

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This blog sets out the need for a transparent medicine pricing mechanism in the Philippines backed up by the development of a responsive, competitive pharmaceutical sector capable of undertaking science and technology activities

Annual review of HRH situation in Asia-Pacific region 2006-2007

TIAN Jiang
August 2008

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"This report reviews the Human Resources for Health (HRH) status in the targeted countries by mainly focusing on health education and training, distribution and retention of health workers, community health workers. Eighteen countries have been included in the report: Bangladesh; Cambodia; China; Fiji; India; Indonesia; Lao PDR; Myanmar; Nepal; Philippines; Papua New Guinea; Samoa; Sri Lanka; Thailand; Vietnam; Australia; New Zealand and Mongolia"

Measuring transparency in medicines registration, selection and procurement : four country assessment studies


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This report summarises the findings of the transparency assessments carried out in the first four countries participating in the WHO-initiated Good Governance for Medicines Project, which offers a technical support package for tackling unethical issues in the public pharmaceutical sector. It provides a comprehensive picture of the level of transparency and potential vulnerability to corruption in three essential functions of the public pharmaceutical sector - registration, selection and procurement of medicines. The methodology provides both qualitative and quantitative information. In each country two national investigators collected data, conducting a series of interviews with carefully selected key informants

Abortion : realities and responsibilities [whole issue]

TAN, Michael, L
January 2000

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Report of research findings from a nationwide study on abortion. It examines Philippine legislation, methods, providers, reasons for having an abortion, and people's experience of abortion. It concludes with suggestions for discussion on this topic


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