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Submitted: 16 May 2007 Modified: 15 February 2018
HERDIN Record #: PCHRDHE880098

The national drug policy: More than a health concern.

The national drug policy (NDP) was supported by Congress. Congress proposed bills for the use of generic names in the labelling and prescribing of medicines. The Generics Act of 1988 requires companies to label all their products with generic names. The generic name is derived from the accepted scientific term for the active ingredient of a drug. Senate Bill No. 453 sponsored by Senator Mercado et. al. in support to the objective of NDP does not prohibit the manufacture, importation and distribution of brand name drugs, however, the Bill makes it mandatory for all government health agencies to use and make available generically-labelled drugs in their pharmacies. On the other hand, the Drug Association of the Philippines (DAP), maintains its support for generic labelling of drugs, but believes that less branded and generically-labelled drugs should continue to be made available

Publication Type
Health Guardian
Publication Date
August 1988
LocationLocation CodeAvailable FormatAvailability
DOH Fil 270.9 88/2.1 Abstract Print Format (Request Document)

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