DOH spreads awareness about generic drugs

DOH spreads awareness about generic drugsThe Baguio leg of the Philippine Generics Expo 2010 at the SM City Baguio was conducted last Monday by the Department of Health, DOH, along with the SM Supermalls as more and more people now buying generic drugs.

DOH Assistant Secretary Elmer Punzalan led the cutting of ribbon for the opening of the Expo, others who joined him were Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association of the Philippines (PHAP) AVP Eufe Tantia, DOH-Cordillera Regional Director Myrna Cabotaje and Rodolfo Kintanar of Philippine Chamber of Pharmaceutical Industry Inc. (PCPI).

Cabotaje said that it was important to make people aware of what generic drugs are and how should they be used as safe and affordable medicine.

Cabotaje said, “We want the people know that through Generics, there are equivalent drugs that are affordable and with same quality and efficacy as the branded ones.”

Generic drugs now are being used by about 55 per cent of Filipinos, according to a recent SWS survey.

Everyone, especially the media was called on by Cabotaje to spread awareness about generic drugs and helping people know what these drugs actually are.