At last, the biggest medicine-selling chain in the Philippines obeys the law.
After intense debates and utter defiance by filing countersuits and TROs, Mercury Drug has finally succumbed to the law. The Persons With Disabilities (PWD) sector won the battle against it and other drugstores.
The good news was announced to the general public on March 1, 2011, during the press conference conducted by AKBAYAN Representative Walden Bello and Social Services Committee Chair Cong. Arturo Robes. Mercury Drug signed a Memorandum of Agreement together with representatives of the PWD sector and Congress.
With this development, Mercury Drug will now provide 20% discounts on all medicines purchased by any PWD. This is in following RA 9442 which was passed five years ago. Congress gave them at least a month to make changes in their systems and Point-of-Sales.
Mabuhay ang mga maykapansanang Pinoy!
You may download the MOA in PDF format here.