Parallel Importation on Medicines


In order to fulfill the current administration’s promise of “ERAP Para sa Mahirap”, prices of lifesaving drugs and medicines need to be reduced in order to promote equal access to quality health services. This is the principal reason why Health Secretary Alberto G. Romualdez, Jr. launched the Health Sector Reform Agenda.

One of the strategies needed to provide patients with inexpensive quality drugs is importing them from different alternative sources. This practice is called “parallel importation”.

A comparative study revealed that prices of drugs and medicines in the Philippines is over ten times higher than its Asian counterparts. As a result of government’s action to procure medicines from cheap alternative sources, affected multinational companies raised an uproar. Still the government’s plan to import pushed through as the first batch of imported medicines arrived on November.