"Accelerating CHANGE: Access to Generics Towards Universal Health Care”


        Thirty years after the landmark Generics Act of 1988 and ten years after the Cheaper Medicines Act of 2008, the Department of Health (DOH) presented its newest medium-term Philippine Medicines Policy (PMP) 2018-2022 to provide a roadmap for promoting and improving access to medicines as part of the bigger agenda of attaining Universal Health Care.



        In the two-day forum, researchers from all over the country presented policy-relevant research in key access to medicine reform areas. The 19 researches span the six pillars of the PMP 2018-2022, summarized as CHANGE:

1) Commitment to safety, efficacy, and quality,

2) Health literacy and empowerment,

3) Availability and affordability,

4) Networking and partnerships,

5) Good governance, accountability, and transparency

6) Ensuring responsible use."


        The DOH also reported gains in its advocacy for generic medicines which are now more available and better accepted by health providers and the Filipino public.



        All the presentations can be viewed and downloaded in this link