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Byline: Ira P. Pedrasa
The Supreme Court (SC) has applied the cheaper medicines law to favor a local firm importing drugs patented by a large pharmaceutical company with local operations.
In a 13-page decision penned by newly retired Associate Justice Dante O. Tinga, the court's second division barred a trial court from prosecuting Romeo Rodriguez for importing drugs without permit from local distributor GlaxoSmithKline, Inc. (GSK).
Mr. Rodriguez owns a drug store, Roma Drug, in Barangay San Matias in Guagua, Pampanga province. Roma Drug was one of six firms raided by the National Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Food and Drugs on Aug. 14, 2000 …