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Philippines


Fast Facts

  • Capital: Manila
  • Economy: Newly industrialised, economy anchored on agriculture & substantial contributions from manufacturing, nominal GDP US$285 billion, 2014; Projected to be the 4th fastest growing economy in the world.
  • Health Expenditure: 4% of GDP, 2013
  • Population: 100 million, 2014
  • Average Life Span: 69.5 / 75.6 (m/f), total life expectancy=72.48, 2014
  • Languages: Filipino and English
  • Adult Literacy Rate: 95.4% 2014

Health Trends

  • 72 hospitals managed by the Department of Health, 30% are located in Metro Manila
  • Communicable diseases morbidity remains high despite control measures. 
  • Heart or cardiovascular diseases remain the leading cause of death or mortality and  they registered approximately 460 deaths per 100,000 population in 2012
  • Top ten leading cause of death in 2014: Coronary Heart Disease, Stroke, Influenza and Pneumonia, Diabetes Mellitus, Tuberculosis, Hypertension, Lung Disease, Kidney Disease, Asthma and Liver Disease
  • HIV cases have alarmingly increased in the past two years. There is a record high of 449 new cases of HIV in July 2013. That number was 62% hihgher compared to the same period the year before. 
  • COPD - prevalence of tobacco use among adults continue to rise. 
  • Noncommunicable diseases risk factors among adults as follows in 2008:smoking (34.8), hypertension (25%), overweight (27%), high blood sugar (5%) and abnormal cholesterol levels (10%).
  • Established centres for vaccine and malaria research.
  • Large number of treatment naïve patients for most therapeutic areas

Clinical Trial Landscape

  • Established government, private teaching and hospital institutions for clinical trial conduct.
  • Physicians and investigators are EU or US-trained.
  • GCP implemented in 1993.
  • Parallel submission to HA and EC.
  • 789 phase II to IV studies registered at clinicaltrials.gov site.

ICON in Philippines

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  • Presence in Philippines since 2005
  • Indication Experience includes Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, Hepatitis B, Cervical Dystonia, Thrombo-Embolism in surgery and Oncology (HCC, breast and CLL, Leukemia), Major Depressive Disorder, Paediatric Nutrition study, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines, Autoimmune disorders
  • T2DM site inspected in Jan 2009 with no critical findings (EMEA).

Services Offered

  • Clinical Monitoring
  • Study Start up activities
  • Clinical Monitoring. 
  • Clinical trial applications to ethics committees and health authority. 
  • Site set-up activities
  • Medical & Safety Services

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