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Refer to: Ms. Dale Zapata

20 June 2005  

To Lower Price of Medicines

VP Noli Urges Lawmakers to Amend Patent Law

VICE-President Noli ‘Kabayan’ De Castro yesterday stressed the need to amend the patent law so that local drug manufacturers can produce branded medicines.

Speaking during the groundbreaking ceremonies for a Botika ng Bayan outlet in Sitio Talanay, Brgy. Batasan Hills in Quezon City, De Castro said branded medicines in India are cheaper because it has ‘friendlier’ laws that allow said drugs to be locally manufactured.

If we really want most of our poor countrymen to gain access to branded medicines, we need to pressure our lawmakers to come up with a friendlier patent law,” he said.

For the meantime, De Castro said the Botika ng Bayan partly answers the problem since it sells medicines imported by the government from India.

With over 200 outlets nationwide, Botika ng Bayan sells various medicines that are more than 50 percent lower than those sold by the leading drugstores.

De Castro bared the government’s plans to put up 1,500 Botika ng Bayan outlets in the country before the year ends. “Multiply 1,500 by 3 or 4 and that would be the number of Botika ng Bayan outlets which the government plans to establish before the President’s term ends in 2010,” he added.

In coordination with Philippine International Trade Corporation (PITC), headed by Sec. Roberto Pagdanganan, the government launched the Botika ng Bayan program to address the problem of increasing prices of medicines.

Meanwhile, De Castro reminded the public not to believe allegations that drugs sold by Botika ng Bayan are fake. These allegations are only part of moves to disrupt the program. (end)

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SHAPING UP.—Vice-President and concurrent Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council chairman Noli ‘Kabayan’ De Castro shows his golfing form as he led the ceremonial tee-off for the National Real Estate Association, Inc (NREA) Golf Fest held at the Fort Bonifacio golf course in Makati, last Friday. (OVP photo by egay montaña)

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SEND-OFF PARTY. Vice-President Noli ‘Kabayan’ De Castro leads the send-off party for President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s early morning trip to Hong Kong yesterday. President Arroyo was scheduled to be back in the country later in the afternoon. Accommodating an ambush interview right after Arroyo’s plane took off from Villamor Airbase, De Castro assured mediamen that Arroyo’s trip was purely business and that the situation in the country is under control. Present were AFP chief of Staff Gen. Efren Abu (left) and the other members of the cabinet who wished a safe trip for the president. (OVP photo by egay montaña)

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