97 medicines to be sold at 50% off starting March 31—DoH

MANILA, Philippines – At least 97 medicines will be sold at half their original prices starting March 31, Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral announced Friday.

Cabral said drug companies agreed to lower the cost of medicines for hypertension and chronic diseases, bladder and prostate disorders, hepatitis, asthma, depression and psychotic and mental disorders, as well as some medical equipment and fluids for dialysis.

Drug stores are advised to dispose of their stock of these medicines that were bought at higher prices a month ago, said Cabral.

Senator Manuel “Mar” Roxas, who co-authored the Cheaper Medicines Law, said these drugs were chosen because they were being used daily by Filipinos.

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