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Philippine President Drops Generics-Only Requirement From Bill

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has backed away from her earlier proposal to require physicians to prescribe only generic drugs. The provision had jeopardized passage of legislation aimed at reducing the cost of pharmaceuticals. Arroyo said she preferred a bill without the provision to having no bill at all. Stripped of the generics-only provision, the bill would still create a price-control council for all drugs, generic as well as branded. (Click here for more
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