Complete Treatment Pack Program (ComPack)
Country of Operation
- Department of HealthGovernment
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
SummaryThe Complete Treatment Pack Program (ComPack) was launched by the Philippine Department of Health in 2011 to ensure sustainable access to complete treatment regimens for the most common diseases in the country for poor and marginalized populations.
Medicines included in the ComPack program have the following characteristics: 1) they help treat the leading causes of morbidity and mortality, 2) they adhere to clinical treatment guidelines, and 3) they are commonly-prescribed, fast-acting, and cost-effective.
Key program components
ComPacks are pre-packaged medications that include complete doses of medicines for some of the most common diseases in the country. ComPack medicines comprise primarily generic drugs listed under the Essential Drug List whose price is significantly lower than that of the branded equivalents. Broadly, medicines included in the ComPack program have the following characteristics: 1) they help treat the leading causes of morbidity and mortality, 2) they adhere to clinical treatment guidelines, and 3) they are commonly-prescribed, fast-acting, and cost-effective. ComPacks are sourced from legitimate suppliers with valid Current Good Manufacturing Practice and a Certificate of Product Registration for the drugs included in the program.
ComPacks are provided free of charge to PhilHealth’s Sponsored Program members and their dependents in PhilHealth-accredited health facilities, which receive quarterly supplies of the packs. The list of program beneficiaries is updated by the National Center for Pharmaceutical Access and Management following the expansion of the areas covered by the Department of Social Welfare and Development's (DSWD) Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Program.
The Program was initially implemented in the country's poorest municipalities (1,021) identified by the DSWD as part of the CCT Program. (Under the CCT Program eligible households are identified through the National Household Targeting System.) In the future, it may also be implemented in other local government units as part of the Province-wide Investment Plan for Health.