Former PNP chief welcomes new EO for maximum retail, wholesale prices on more meds

Former PNP chief welcomes new EO for maximum retail, wholesale prices on more meds

By Tracy Cabrera

File photo of retired PNP chief Guillermo Eleazar with his wife, Lally, just after he filed his certificate of candidacy before the Comelec as senatorial aspirant for the forth coming national and local election on May 9 next year. (Photo: General Eleazar’s Media Friends)

MANILA — Following the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte for the imposition of maximum retail and wholesale prices (MRPs and MWPs) on more drugs and medicines to further improve the Filipinos’ access to health care, senatorial aspirant Guillermo Lorenzo ‘Gaylor’ Eleazar welcomed the move, saying this would further mitigate the hardships being experienced by most of our countrymen in their healthcare concerns, particularly the elderly and senior citizens who have to cope up with expensive costs for their maintenance medical or therapeutic regimen.

Just yesterday, Duterte issued Executive Order (EO) No. 155, rationalizing that that there is an urgent need to expand the number of drugs and medicines commonly used for the leading causes of morbidity in the country covered by MRPs and MWPs, which respectively refers to the price cap given to consumers and the ceiling price given by manufacturers, traders, and distributors to retailers.

According to executive officials in Malacañang, the president’s EO, which takes effect after its publication in the Official Gazette, is consistent with the overall strategy of the government under Republic Act No. 11223, or the Universal Health Care Act, to improve access to affordable and quality medicine and reduce health-related out-of-pocket expenses of Filipinos.

Eleazar, who is currently running for senator under Partido Reporma bannered by senator Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson for president and Senate President Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto III for vice-president, lauded the recent signing of EO 155 on further improving access to healthcare through the regulation of prices in the retail of drugs and medicines, cutting the retail prices of several more high cost medicines by up to 50 percent.

“We are grateful for the support and genuine care of our president in looking out for the health of our people. This will propel us toward Universal Health Care which will broaden our agenda to make comfortable lives for all Filipinos,” the former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief pointed out.

“Malaki ang maitutulong nito sa ating mga kababayan na nangangailangan ng mga maintenance drugs para sa iba’t ibang mga sakit, tulad ng hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, chronic lung diseases at cancers at gayun din sa mga high-cost treatment para sa prematurity, chronic renal disease, psoriasis at rheumatoid arthritis,” Eleazar concluded.

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