Lakas senatorial bets urge DOH to crack down on drug stores violating Cheaper Meds Law

April 18, 2010 11:38 am 

MANILA, April 18 – Lakas-Kampi-CMD senatorial candidates Rey Langit and Atty. Raul Lambino urged Saturday the Department of Health to launch a nationwide crackdown on drugstores and hospital pharmacies which continue to violate the Cheaper Medicines Law.

Langit, a multi-awarded broadcaster, said non-compliance to the law by drugstore owners is not only illegal, but also more glaringly a deprivation of the right of the people, particularly the poor, to have access to cheap but quality medicines.

“The government’s effort to cut prices of medicines does not end with enacting a law on it, this should be strictly implemented,” he said.

“That’s what the people want to see, that’s what the government must do,” he added.

Langit was reacting to the reports that a number of drugstores still sell the medicines covered by the Cheaper Medicines Law at their original prices despite the law's enactment last year.

Lambino lamented that are still more drugstores which do not comply with the law across the country.

The DOH earlier revealed that more than 120 drugstores and hospital pharmacies nationwide are facing fines of up to P50,000 after they were found to have violated the maximum drug retail price (MDRP) program which was imposed last August.

The DOH warned that additional fines of up to P5 million and suspension, if not revocation of the violators’ business licenses, will be imposed by the government.

As such, he urged the DoH to further intensify its monitoring of all the defiant drug stores and hospital pharmacies.

Lambino also urged the DoH to expedite the imposition of the penalties in order to send a strong message to other drugstore owners that the government is bent on implementing the Cheaper Medicines Law. (PNA)

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