Friday, July 29, 2016
Philippines - Almost 70% Filipinos are deprived of needed medicines
The cost of medication is posed as one of the leading factors as to why most Filipinos do not have access to quality medication.
MANILA, Philippines - The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies the Philippines as one of the top countries where less than 30 percent of its population have regular access to essential drugs. This means that almost 70 percent of Filipinos are deprived of the medicines they need for faster health recovery.
With this alarming healthcare condition in the country, experts noted that the cost of medication is posed as one of the leading factors as to why most Filipinos do not have access to quality medication.
“In Asia, the Philippines is among the countries with the highest prices of medicines. This means that the cost of medication is far beyond the reach of many,” said Tomas Marcelo Agana III, president and CEO of Pharex HealthCorp.
“A simple illness becomes a serious threat to one’s life because of the complications that are being triggered by non-adherence to medical prescription or inadequacy of maintenance medicines.”
Agana emphasized that by offering medicines that are beyond affordable, more Filipinos will be able to go back to their normal lives without allotting more budget for medicines.
To help curb the negative impacts of not having an access to affordable medicines, the company introduces the new Pharex Compliance Pouch for cholesterol, which offers 15-day supply of medication in a resealable foil pouch.
It contains the same quality of medicine with up to 50 percent more savings compared with other branded medicines and is designed for patients who have high levels of cholesterol, especially those with Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol.
Affordability of the medicines should always be prioritized. With low-priced medicines, patients can fully focus on their continuous recovery instead of worrying about their budget constraints.
Agana concluded, “Medicines need not be expensive. Filipinos should be guaranteed an affordable and reliable companion that can bolster their fast health recovery without the added costs.”