ROXAS SHRUGS OFF PHARMA LOBBY, PRO-GMA ATTACKS


MORE LIES SEEN AS LOBBY INTENSIFIES TO BLOCK CHEAP MEDS

Senator Mar Roxas today dismissed attacks on him by defenders of President Arroyo and the powerful multinational pharmaceutical lobby to derail efforts to bring down prices of essential medicines.

Roxas said this lobby has been doing everything to derail the Cheaper Medicines Law and all their attacks are useless as long as the President implements our program for cheaper and affordable medicines.

The Liberal Party president stressed that getting quality but affordable medicines within reach of millions of Filipinos will stop these noises.

Roxas said these attacks only started after he exposed a secret meeting between Mrs. Arroyo and officials of the pharmaceutical industry who are blocking a proposed executive order imposing maximum retail price on 22 medicines.

The Visayan senator added that the public is eagerly awaiting the arrival of cheap medicines but those who are defending GMA preferred to add another layer of bureaucracy that would have surely just prolong the process.

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