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September 27, 2019
Dr. Rolando Enrique D. Domingo , DPBO
Undersecretary of Health
Office of the Chief of Staff and Health Regulation Team
Subject : Maximum Retail Prices of Medicines Part II
The Laban Konsyumer Inc. is a non stock and non profit registered corporation . Its vision is to strengthen consumer advocacy and enhance consumer welfare . We are a registered consumer organization of the Department of Trade and Industry . We are also a full term member of the Consumers International.
The Laban Konsyumer Inc. participated in the public consultation last July 31, 2019 . In that session , we publicly addressed the stakeholders present on the justification for the enactment and issuance of an Executive Order on Part II of the Maximum Retail Price for Medicines . We therefore incorporate in this letter the whole transcript of the Laban Konsyumer Inc. statement of support on this proposed MRP Part II for Medicines .
In brief, we stated that it is the constitutional duty of the State to ensure access to health care services at affordable prices to all classes of consumers . As such , the MRP Part II shall expand the right of the consumers to information as well as widen its choices on affordable and quality medicines .
Sir, lowering the prices of medicines is happening as well in advanced economies and countries like the United States and Canada. What more for the Filipinos where at least 40% are considered poor Filipinos. The Philippines should remain steadfast in this advocacy . The pharmaceutical industry can weather the proposed MRP Part II and shall continue to thrive and profit. We should not believe the threats to access and innovation. This industry is up in arms against the giants of the world economy . We should not be allowed to be the whipping consumers.
Finally , we wish to express our sincere appreciation to you,Undersecretary Domingo , the Price Advisory Committee led by Dr. John Wong who helped DOH analyze the market and made recommendations on the most appropriate pricing policy and your Health Regulation Team led by Dr. Anna Melissa S. Guerrero, MD,MPH ( HTA ). for the concrete efforts and contributions in the preparation and execution of the MRP Part II which shall benefit millions of Filipinos.
Thank you very much .
Very truly yours,
Atty. Victorio Mario A. Dimagiba, AB, LLB, LLM
cc: Dr . Anna Melissa S. Guerrero
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