FTA bonded with other groups to lower price of medicine

THE multisectoral Fair Trade Alliance (FTA) bonded together with other groups and individuals to form a crusade pushing to reform policies and enforce measures that will bring down the prices of medicines in the country.

FTA together with Third World Network (TWN), Citizens’ Alliance for Consumer Power (CACP), Association of Brgy. Health Workers – NCR, Union Network International – PLC, Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT), Philippine Ecumenical Action for Community Empowerment (PEACE) Foundation and concerned individuals like Former Sen. Wigberto Tañada, Sen. Mar Roxas, Sec. Roberto Pagdanganan of Philippine International Trading Corporation (PITC), Mr. Raul Concepcion of Consumer and Oil Price Watch, Usec. Alexander Padilla of Department of Health (DOH), Dr. Orlino Talens of University of the Philippines-Manila, Vice-President Eduardo Banzon of PhilHealth, Mr. Angelito Mendoza of FTA and Mr. Angelito Calderon of Alliance of Filipino Workers (AFW) formed “Ayos na Gamot sa Abot-kayang Presyo” Coalition.

AGAP coalition would help dismantle the monopoly of multinational companies and other entities that are dictating the high prices of drugs in the country.

Likewise, AGAP will place the public’s right of access to affordable medicines of equal therapeutic value and collateral issues in the national agenda.

FTA labor convenor Angelito Mendoza said, “AGAP will raise the awareness of key policy and decision makers as well as the general public on the current developments relating to the issue of patents in medicine and their relationship to the monopoly power of multinationals in the Philippine drug market which keeps the high prices of medicines in place.”

Moreover, according to Mendoza, AGAP will also look into the existing practices in pharmaceutical distribution and retail which affects the pricing of drugs.

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