DOH Announces Full Implementation of Drug Price Caps with Executive Order No. 155
DOH ANNOUNCES FULL IMPLEMENTATION OF DRUG PRICE CAPS WITH EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 155
Press Release | 23 March 2022
The Department of Health (DOH) announces the full implementation of drug price caps starting March 23, 2022 through Executive Order (EO) No. 155 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte. This brings the total number of drugs with maximum drug retail price to 121 molecules or 204 drug formulas, following the first round of price regulation implemented in June 2020 with the signing of EO No. 104 which covered 87 molecules.
The medicines covered by the EO 155 address the top diseases in the country such as hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and colorectal, lung, and breast cancers. Selected medicines recommended by patient groups and medical societies have all been included to benefit special populations such as those with chronic kidney disease, organ transplantation, thalassemia, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus.
The Maximum Drug Retail Price (MDRP) is the highest amount a retailer may charge to a consumer for a medicine placed under price regulation. Prices of medicines were reduced at a median of 40%from current retail prices. Reductions were up to as much as 93%. No medicine under price regulation shall be sold to a customer at a price higher than the MDRP. On top of the MDRP, senior citizens and persons-with-disability (PWDs) are still eligible to avail of special discounts.
The DOH, through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), continuously monitors compliance to the MDRP as part of the current administration’s thrust to improve access to affordable, quality medicines and reduce the health-related expenses of Filipinos, consistent with the goals of the Universal Health Care Act.
Violations of the MDRP are subject to administrative fines and penalties ranging from Php 50,000 to Php 5,000,000 as stipulated under Republic Act No. 9502 or the Cheaper Medicines Act.
“The Department of Health is delighted to bring the good news to the Filipino people that they will now enjoy lower drug prices for more diseases amid the rising economic turmoil brought about by recent global events, which have resulted in oil price hikes. The maximum drug retail prices (MDRP) will bring relief to the Filipinos all over the country as they can now better afford the medicines,” said Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III.
The Health Chief also expressed his gratitude to the pharmaceutical industry for their cooperation in the drug pricing reforms of the national government and continued support in the efforts of the Department in assuring the continuous availability and affordability of medicines.
For a copy of the EO 155, MDRP Medicines List, Directory of Regional Drug Price Monitoring Officers (RDPMOs) and complaints form, you may visit https://pharma.doh.gov.ph
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