Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Public Health Warning on the Risks of Buying Medicines From Sari-Sari Stores and Other Unlicensed Outlets

March 13, 2013

Public Health Warning on the Risks of Buying Medicines From Sari-Sari Stores and Other Unlicensed Outlets.

In case you haven't read or heard about the risks of buying medicines from sari-sari stores and other unlicensed outlets, the following is the advisory released by the Acting Director of FDA Philippines, Dr. Kenneth Y. Hartigan-Go. Please take time to read because it's important that we share the same knowledge when it comes to public health.

Source: FDA Philippines


  1. Thank you very much for this information.

    Buying medicines from Sari-sari store has been a practice to most Filipinos because of the known practice to self-medicate. It is good that the government has made this awareness so people can be extra careful when buying medicines to unauthorized stores/outlets.

  2. The place whereI grew up iln, we only buy medicine at the pharmacy when it is being prescribed by the doctor, bukid kasi dun he.

  3. good information. But in times of emergency, just like last night. My wife did have a headache and, naubos na stock namin of Paracetamol. I have no choice but to get some from our friendly neighborhood store. LOL

  4. when i was still operating a sari-sari store, we used to sell otc drugs. because people are looking for it and they don't want to incur tricycle fares going to the town "boticas". i think what the gov't should do is more information dissemination because there are a lot of people meds that they do not know. for example, a mother was looking for "aspilet" for her daughter who's been feverish for days. i asked her to go the the nearby hospital so she would know what caused the fever. instead, she told me, an "aspilet" would make her fever go away. the when i gave her the "neo-aspilets". she said its different from what she bought in the other sari-sari store. apparently, what the sari-sari owner gave her earlier was the aspirin tabs.
    i did explained her the difference of the two tabs.
    how about the other mothers? would they know?

    sorry for my lengthy comment. i just couldn't forget this experience of mine :)

    thanks for sharing this very informative memo.

  5. Yes we just need to be cautious and only buy from the trusted ones to make sure the medicines are still in good condition. In my case, medicines can easily be bought in the groceries, so I make it a point not to run out of my stock, and buy them along with my household supplies.



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