Intake of generic drugs rises — DOH PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 14:01

The Department of Health (DOH) hopes to position the country as “generic hub” and provider of quality medicines, with the increased public intake of generic medicines.

Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona said that generics already accounted for about 40 percent of the domestic market in terms of value and 60 percent in volume.

“I am happy to see many players and the faith of generics continually to rise as more of our citizens get convinced that generic products work and that they are actually getting the best value for this money by using generics,” Ona said during the 2nd Generic Summit on Wednesday held at the RichMond Hotel, Quezon City.

Ona said the Health department, together with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), made efforts to have the so-called generic drugs really tested and ensured that the medicines given to the public were “ essentially bioequivalent in terms of efficicacy” from patent branded drugs.

He said the DOH Complete Treatment Pack Program that would be made available to identified poorest of the poor were generic medicines for hypertension, diarrhea, pneumonia, diabetes and other common illnesses.

The DOH ComPack will be available in four pilot provinces- Siquijor, Tawi-Tawi, Oriental Mindoro, Surigao del Norte beginning this month. The ComPack will be distributed to over 1,000 municipalities nationwide this October.

FDA Director IV Suzette Lazo noted the continuous post-marketing surveillance of medicines in the field or so-called getting a random sample of medicines for testing.

The public themselves could monitor the efficacy and effectiveness of a generic drugs and could report it if there were adverse reaction of drugs, Lazo said.

“You can do this, supposed you are hypertensive and you buy generic that is supposed to control your blood pressure, then you can see whether it controlled your blood pressure the same effect as previously controlled by innovator drug that you have shifted to,” Lazo said.

Lazo assured that FDA will protect the health of the public especially by ensuring that drugs is safe and that it is effective,” noting no 100 percent guarantee of medicines but benefit must really outweigh the risk.