Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Kim Atienza advocates generic medicine awareness

Currently battling a rare medical disorder after going through a massive stroke, Matanglawin host Kuya Kim has partnered with the country’s largest drugstore chain, The Generics Pharmacy® to promote equally safe and effective alternative medicine in the Philippines.

He takes an active role in TGP’s latest multi-media campaign featuring the human clinical study conducted by the De La Salle Health Sciences Institute (DLSHSI) to prove the safety and efficacy of the TGP Paracetamol, the company’s first private label generic medicine.

“When I had my stroke, I realized just how pitiful our healthcare system is. What’s worse is that if you are not that well off and you suddenly get sick, it will probably cost you a fortune especially with those expensive treatments,” explained Kuya Kim. “You can also add the increasing price of medicines to the list.”

“This has been my motivation to push for affordable yet equally safe and effective alternatives when it comes to medicines. For someone who needs to spend a lot on a daily basis as treatment for my sickness, this includes constant intake of paracetamol for the pain, I am thankful that we have generic medicines that are readily available in the market today,” he added.

Kuya Kim was recently diagnosed with the Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare, auto-immune disorder. This happens when immune system that usually protects us by attacking invading organisms that may harm the body, mistakes the body’s own cells for foreign material and begins to attack them.

Guillain-Barré causes the body’s immune system to attack the nerves. As a result, individuals with GBS will experience numbness and tingling in the arms or legs. It can also cause life-threatening complications, in particular if the respiratory muscles are affected or if the autonomic nervous system is involved. If the muscles in the chest are affected, it may interfere with the ability to breathe and require the person to rely on a ventilator. Guillain-Barre syndrome can paralyze the entire body when not treated early.

Kuya Kim's medical battles and testimonies provided truthfulness in The Generics Pharmacy® advocacy towards the use of generic medicines in the country.

Dr. Alvero talks about results of Paracetamol study made by DLSU Health Sciences
TGP Paracetamol is bio-equivalent to the leading and reference paracetamol according to Dr. Grace Rita Alvero.
The TGP Paracetamol is the first clinical and human-trial tested private label generic medicine brand that is proven to be in equal effectiveness to off-patent brands. This was tested via a randomized three-way crossover single dosed bioequivalence study against the leading and innovator paracetamol brands in the market.

With over 1,600 franchised outlets nationwide, TGP is strengthening its pro-health advocacy by getting reputable and well-known personalities like Kuya Kim and Batangas Governor Vilma Santos-Recto to support their cause.

The new TGP Paracetamol can be bought at only P1.00 per tablet in all TGP outlets. The company by added this to its wide range of generic medicines like vitamins, maintenance medicines for the heart, diabetes and cholesterol in its commitment of providing the highest quality of healthcare possible at a very affordable prices.

Customers may also avail of Dial-A-Doctor service by simply dialing 732-3333. The doctor on duty gives free medical consultation to customers from Monday to Saturday, from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

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