Use of generic drugs in SoCot encouraged


BUY GENERIC. A local pharmacy owned by Minette Serbo, president of the South Cotabato Pharmacist Association, serves generic drugs in the town of Koronadal, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022. Serbo urged the public not to panic and buy generic drugs instead as that brand name drugs remain unavailable due to delivery delays caused by Typhoon Odette. (Photo courtesy of Minette Serbo)

CITY OF KORONADAL – A group of pharmacists on Tuesday urged the public not to hesitate to buy generic drugs after their branded counterparts became scarce following the destruction left by Typhoon Odette.

Speaking on behalf of the South Cotabato Pharmacist Association, its president Minette Serbo deplored the refusal of some people to switch brands of drugs despite their advice.

“For example, there is still enough supply of Nasatera and Nasatapp in the market, but most of our customers still prefer Neozep,” Serbo said in an interview on Tuesday.

Local pharmacies are out of stock of certain drug brands like Neozep, Biogesic, Bioflu, Decolgen, Symdex, Tuseran and Solmux.

Most drug brands are manufactured by Unilab laboratories.

Citing information from the supervisor of Unilab, Serbo clarified that there is no shortage of drug supply but rather the bad weather due to “Odette” who delayed the delivery of their products two weeks ago. .

Serbo said the bulk of the branded drugs are expected to arrive on Wednesday and will be distributed to the market immediately by local vendors.

“My assurance to the public is that they don’t care because we don’t have a shortage of medicine, there was only a delay in shipping due to Typhoon Odette,” he said. she stated. (NAP)


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