I found some charts of generic prescription drugs in the Philippines with the name brand equivalents. The Generic Pharmacy supplies this data offering some choices on prescription medicines. Pharmacies in the Philippines vary in what they carry and if they carry generic medicines.
Rod, if I need my Prescription in the PH (so I am told) to have medications on me (through the airport) will the label on the bottle suffice (if the name matches my passport) or do I need some kind of script from my doctor? Also, if I need a refill at a pharmacy, do I need a script, or is the label on the bottle good enough??? Thanks so much.
Nobody asked, I know, anyway Viagra at Mercury drug is about $19 + (round it off to $20 to include tax) per tablet. US that is about a $100 per tablet, although if by insurance you pay only $15 for 4 tablets. Oh, you'd have been quite an ugly woman. Hahaha!
I am quite certain you can get them or equivalent from what I have heard and read. I would suggest emailing a couple of the pharmacies if you have particular concerns. One problem many of us find in the Philippines is items may be "out of stock" or fewer than you want so it is best to plan and purchase before you need them. Thanks for watching Gareth.
People who spend much money on these items are quite concerned. Thanks for watching Ted. I met an expat today who was comparing drug prices here to those in Thailand and that could be one of the factors in deciding where he would retire.
Watch out for fakes. Even in the developed world fake prescription drugs are a problem. Here's an example from the US: "FDA in 2012 and 2013 sent almost 1,000 letters to medical practices in 48 states warning that they may have purchased a counterfeit version of the cancer drug Avastin that had no active ingredient." http://www.aarp.org/health/drugs-supplements/info-2016/counterfeit-prescription-drugs-rx.html
The fact that a lot of medication in the Philippines is from India is a cause for concern. Just Google "india fake prescription drugs" and you will see the extent of the problem.
Yes, I have read several articles about the counterfeit drug problems. It is a big and critical problem that will be here until there is very good testing of all batches received. Thanks for watching and commenting.
I always buy my prescription Meds a The Generic Pharmacy OR GENERICA .I take omeprozole for acid reflux. At Rose pharmacy it costs P53 each. At T. G. P. I Paid p9.50. And it looks and works exactly the same.
Generics work in many most cases I think. I pay a bit more for Advil ibuprofen an I use less than when I use a generic. My dentist explained to me that while the main ingredient can be copied generically, the "other substances" that help you absorb it and get the full benefit cannot be copied. I was skeptical but I have found I use less advil than the generics. Thanks for watching and sharing your experience Jeff.
When I was there you had to have a prescription to get Advil!! Before I had a tooth pulled I had to see a heart doctor first and take a note to the dentist for approval. Dogs barking half the night and roosters crowing all day long. I had enough of all of it and came back home to the states. The Philippines is ok to visit but no way would I live there again.
I have found "out of stock" to be quite an issue with many things including pills. I do have PhilHealth and Medicare and understand about the cash medical system here. Thanks for sharing your experience, Bob.
I was there 2013 to 2015 and lived in Quezon City. Refills weren't the problem but many times it was a real hassle trying to find the pills. A lot of times I went to Mercury and Watsons only to find that they were out stock and had to wait anywhere from 1-3 days. Yes, some drugs could be bought at the time I was there such as Amoxicilin but only in 250mg. Anything above that strength would require a note from the doctor. Also my friend it's good that you have health insurance there but I hope you have a good nest egg in the bank because if you have long stay in any hospital there then you have to pay them cash before you leave or else they can hold you there until it's paid in full.
Interesting. When did you visit, Bob? I have been able to refill prescriptions several times at several pharmacies without going back to the Dr and I have heard that some prescription items will be given without the prescription. I think some cashiers are not taught or watched closely and they want to sell more pills. Thanks for watching Bob.
Yup, most Rx drugs or their raw materials are now manufactured in India. I would go easy on those antibiotics since it hinders your body's natural immune system to adapt. It's the humidity and tropical climate that causes respiratory problems and not flu bugs... most of the time. Try the herbal Lagundi (Ascof Forte) capsules next time (about 7 pesos).
According to the WHO, 35 percent of the fake drugs sold all over the world come from India. https://yourstory.com/2017/06/india-fake-drugs/ Personally I'm very wary of super cheap medication manufactured in India.
Hahaha. It was an interesting experience. She prescribed a different antibiotic than the last Pulmonary Dr did but it seems to be working. It was strange being the only male in the room.
Thanks for watching Malou.
When I was in Balamban earlier this year I got a cough like that. My wife took me to a pharmacy there. I bought a box that has a picture of a plant on it. It was an herbal remedy. It worked like magic. IT was very quick.
The consultation was 300 pesos, about $6 USD. I have found 350-400 pesos to be very common here in Cebu City for the consultation/visit. Filipinos tend to be quite accommodating and she knew my friend so it was a favor to her also. Thanks for watching Leo.
Do you use your air conditioner at home all the time or only for a few hours? Many expats have health issues related to humidity but some don't run the air conditioner often to save money. If you can afford it, saving your health is more important than saving money. In the long run, health issues cost more.
I don't run my ac too often because I have acclimated to the climate but you make a good point there. It is an issue and I came from a very dry desert area of Arizona, USA as well. Thanks for watching Mikhail.
Thank you for putting that up i am meaning to go to my local generic drug store in Bogo and i saw some of the prices im on alot of tablets to 9 a day i need to have usally i bring all i need with me but if i stay longer i need to get them locally so thanks yes i was in the hospital in Cebu in January with broken leg and i got the tables through there pharmacy in there, was alot more cost the Chun wa hospital in Maunada city the new one there was great sorry i cant spell that names
I haven't had any cough problems. My Brother In Law, now 70, just developed pneumonia. He has a "fair' chance of beating it. That's bad. Personally, living here in the provinces as I do, I get skin rashes. It lasts for a few days, maybe a week. The rashes leave scar tissue, and that doesn't go away for months. I saw a doctor about it, and he thought it was caused by mold, or fungus. That's not a good thing. That kind of infection can kill you.
Hahaha- what a great story - definitely one of those "only in the Philippines" stories - lol.
I always buy my Crestor (rosuvastatin) at Generika. Costs about 20% of the full Crestor price in the States.
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