Prescription Drugs/Medications in the Philippines Drugstores, Drugs in the Philippines, Generic drugstores Philippines

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

How can you can find out which prescription drugs are available in the Philippines and the price of Philippine prescription drugs? The official Philippine Department of Health list is at
This list gives drug names, doses and prices.

The Philippine equivalent of the U.S. PDR drug reference is the MIMS drug manual which is available at the big National Bookstore chain in the Philippines. An online version is available at

You can also check the Mercury Drug web site at Basically it gives you the same information at MIMS does but also lets you know whether the drug is available at Mercury, a major pharmacy chain in in the Philippines. It does NOT give prices. You have to e-mail Mercury to get prices.
Prescription drugs is really something of a misnomer when applied to the Philippines. With the exception of opioid pain medications and benzodiazepine family drugs such as Valium, a doctor’s prescription is not generally needed. Just write down the drug name, the dose and the quantity wanted on a slip of paper, take it to the counter of a pharmacy and it will be filled for you, assuming they have the drug in stock — and that it’s available in the Philippines. Some drugs available in the US are not available in the Philippines. Some drugs are available in the Philippines which are not sold in the US. If you do need pain medication, be prepared for a giant hassle. See
Prescription drug costs are generally higher than in the U.S. They are said to be the second highest in Asia after Japan. If you can buy generics, then your drugs in the Philippines may be affordable. By default, the drugstores will sell you the expensive brand-name drug unless you insist on a generic. To read the complete article click here

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