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PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE PRICES IN THE PHILIPPINES

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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.
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Daniel Mcmahan (3 months ago)
Cloaky
Amazing Philippines (3 months ago)
Thanks for watching Daniel.
Koba Kakhidze (3 months ago)
are this prices in USD?
Amazing Philippines (3 months ago)
They were peso prices and divide by 50 to get the US dollar price. Thanks for watching.
surveyguyor (5 months ago)
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.
Amazing Philippines (5 months ago)
Good questions but I am not knowledgeable on this topic. Try some of the forums like Living in Cebu and Live in the Philippines.
linikit (8 months ago)
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!
Amazing Philippines (8 months ago)
LOL. Thanks for watching and providing that information.
Paul Mccarthur (8 months ago)
You look like Rob Halford from Judas Priest.....check him out.
Amazing Philippines (8 months ago)
LOL. I did check a couple sites. I don't think I will be mistaken for him anytime soon. Thanks for watching Paul.
Morgan Sinclair (9 months ago)
How about strong painkillers? Is it possible to get those in the Phillipines? I take Buprenorphine and Oxycodone for severe chronic back pain.
Pej Bartolo (8 months ago)
You can but those are restricted prescription drugs and therefore needs a S2 prescription.
Amazing Philippines (9 months ago)
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.
ted (9 months ago)
Sad times when a whole subject matter of comparing pharmaceutical drug prices is an important part of peoples lives
ted (9 months ago)
sad
Amazing Philippines (9 months ago)
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.
Me Anderings (9 months ago)
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.
Amazing Philippines (9 months ago)
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.
Al (9 months ago)
Definitely need a back drop.
Amazing Philippines (9 months ago)
Thanks for the advice, Al. I have been thinking of setting up more of a "studio" so will see.
Jeff Lamb (9 months ago)
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.
Amazing Philippines (9 months ago)
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.
bob jones (9 months ago)
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.
Amazing Philippines (9 months ago)
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.
bob jones (9 months ago)
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.
Amazing Philippines (9 months ago)
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.
Dennis B (9 months ago)
HaHaHa too funny
Amazing Philippines (9 months ago)
Thanks for watching Dennis. I did get my meds.
James Carl (9 months ago)
Did u get up in the stirrups? She have warm hands? Lol had to laugh
Amazing Philippines (9 months ago)
LOL. It was a quick and pain-free encounter. Thanks for watching James.
James Carl (9 months ago)
Rod, r u pregnant? Watch which drugs u take, u don't want to hurt the baby, lol
Amazing Philippines (9 months ago)
LOL. Somedays I look a little pregnant. I will have to cut back on all the food I have been eating.
Pretty cheap....tho...
Amazing Philippines (9 months ago)
The office consultation was 300 pesos so very cheap. Thanks for watching.
Katabatic (9 months ago)
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).
Louis Lundy (8 months ago)
You would never visit a doctor ever again once you go vegan!
Me Anderings (9 months ago)
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.
Amazing Philippines (9 months ago)
I will definitely research it and try it out. I have found the natural way to be safer in many instances when you start reading of the side effects of some prescription meds.
Katabatic (9 months ago)
Lagundi is a plant used in Traditional Filipino Medicine for respiratory ailments.
Amazing Philippines (9 months ago)
I will check out Lagundi. I prefer the natural approach whenever possible. Thanks for watching and the advice Katabatic.
ricky usa (9 months ago)
Did the doctor make you put your feet in the stirrups from force of habit?
Amazing Philippines (9 months ago)
LOL. Fortunately, I was in and out very quickly with no special exam. Thanks for watching Ricky.
beammeup1701a (9 months ago)
Great job Rod. As a retired Pharmacist I find all the different Philippine drugs and their pricing fascinating..heh. May come a visit my Grandson some day. Thanks for sharing. Scotty
Amazing Philippines (9 months ago)
Thanks for watching and commenting Scotty. There is very little info that I could find online.
Malou Martin (9 months ago)
WHAT! You're a woman? No wonder why you always want a powder room when you were looking for another apartment.... ahahahahahahahaha! jk jk jk Good info Rod!
Amazing Philippines (9 months ago)
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.
John Yamas (9 months ago)
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.
Katabatic (9 months ago)
It's called Lagundi, they come in syrup or tablet form. I usually buy the tablet since it has a lasting effect than the syrup. It works for my cough too.
Amazing Philippines (9 months ago)
I prefer natural solutions whenever I can use them and will look into that. I probably have a bit of a virus so went the antibiotic route. Thanks for watching John.
mario padilla (9 months ago)
Thanks Rob...have a great day
Amazing Philippines (9 months ago)
Thanks for watching Mario.
Jeff Hoffman (9 months ago)
Great info, as usual. One question, is that the price PER PILL? Thanks!
Amazing Philippines (9 months ago)
Yes, that is the price per pill. That seems to be the way most pills including over the counter pills are sold here. Thanks for watching jeff.
Jeremy Clodfelter (9 months ago)
LOL. You crack me up!
Amazing Philippines (9 months ago)
Felt a little strange in the gynecologist office. Thanks for watching.
Jane Dudynsky (9 months ago)
I bet you were the talk of the town after your visit from a gynecologist. They'll probably think your a white Transgender. I'm just joking Rod. 😃😃😃
Amazing Philippines (9 months ago)
LOL. It was an interesting experience. Thanks for watching Jane.
Leo Freihofer (9 months ago)
Good information. Funny story on the gynecologist doctor visit. Glad to hear the doctor was able to help you out and not refer you to someone else. How much did the doctor visit cost?
Amazing Philippines (9 months ago)
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.
Mikhail Bulgakov (9 months ago)
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.
Amazing Philippines (9 months ago)
Good point Mikhail. I am using it a bit more.
Mikhail Bulgakov (9 months ago)
You may feel that you have acclimated to the humidity but your body has not. The proof being you got sick because of humidity. You pay for the air conditioner now or you pay with your health later.
Amazing Philippines (9 months ago)
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.
browcat (9 months ago)
anyone re sending medication from the usa to anyone is breaking federal law, only a select number of companies are allowed this privilege, you are a law breaker if you do this...in both countries.
Bxman53 (9 months ago)
As usual more GREAT information! Experience is something I NEVER get until AFTER I need it Rod! But you help me overcome that! lol
Amazing Philippines (9 months ago)
Thanks for watching Don. I can relate to your thought on experience.
Kriss Bartlett (9 months ago)
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
Amazing Philippines (9 months ago)
Meds can add up quickly so one should be aware of the options to save money. Thanks for watching Kriss.
Alvin Crofts II (9 months ago)
Both Dr costs and drugs that I get are cheaper.
Amazing Philippines (9 months ago)
Thanks for watching and commenting Alvin.
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.
Amazing Philippines (9 months ago)
Mold is a major issue in this humid climate. I had a big issue with it in my last condo and strayed with lysol every other week. Thanks for watching John.
1st comment, 1st comment! What do I win? I hope it's money. A lot of money.
Amazing Philippines (9 months ago)
LOL. Only in the Philippines. The consultation cost me 300 pesos, the same as the Pulmonary Dr I had seen previously. Fortunately, she quickly determined I was not pregnant.
mercxmorris (9 months ago)
Amazing Philippines 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.
Amazing Philippines (9 months ago)
Maybe I can get you an appointment with my gynecologist. LOL.

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