Updated on 16 June 2015
A total of 150 MERS cases have already been reported in South Korea since May including 16 deaths
Singapore: Filipino drugmakers have assured the government that they are prepared to provide enough supply of medicines in the event that the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS) re-emerges in the country.
Philippines Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Association (PHAP) executive director, Mr Teodoro Padilla said pharmaceutical companies are prepared to provide assistance to the government since MERS treatment mainly requires supportive measures.
He further said that there are are contingency measures in place to ensure the availability of life-saving medicines and vaccines during health crises and emergencies and that depending on health conditions, patients need only supportive treatment.
"As an industry that is in the forefront of fighting diseases, we are prepared to work closely with the Department of Health (DOH) and other concerned agencies in times of health outbreaks and emergencies,"said, Mr Padilla.
The official also mentioned that Philippines was ready to collaborate and work with organizations that are developing vaccines or interventions for MERS. A total of 150 MERS cases have already been reported in South Korea since May including 16 deaths.