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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


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