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Filipinos still don’t have full access to cheaper medicines

By Ma. Elisa P. Osorio | Sunday, October 12, 2008
Filipinos still do not have full access to cheaper medicines as the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) crafted by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IP Philippines) do not ensure that public health is fully protected, a consumer group said.

The Cut the Cost, Cut the Pain Network (3CPNet) said a provision of the cheaper medicines law seeks to preserve existing rights prior to the implementation of the law. The IRR states that “nothing herein shall adversely affect the rights or the enforcement of rights acquired in good faith prior to the effective date of these implementing rules and regulations.” Read the rest on Philstar.com

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