What is the Cheaper Medicines Act?

The Law intends to achieve better health outcomes for the Filipino people by assuring that quality medicines are accessible and affordable to as many Filipinos especially the poor.    

There are a number of factors to be considered and a variety of issues and concerns to address when facing the problem of access to medicines.  Among the major and critical issues include those of rational drug use, public perception on generics, health professional behaviour on prescribing and dispensing medicines, information asymmetry and exercising informed choice, pricing, supply and distribution, and procurement systems’ transparency, respect for patent rights vis-à-vis access by the poor, quality assurance, and many others.  This is the reason why the Law too has many different interventions ready to address these critical and major issues.