Price Watch: Medicines

The most common thing that people came in contact with at the height of Typhoon Ondoy was flood water. A lot of people waded through flood, which was a mixture of mud, canal water, street dirt and dust, floating garbage, fecal matter, etc.

Right now people are being advised to take doxycyline as prophylaxis for leptospirosis.

An increase in price has already been reported post-Ondoy:

  1. Tonyo Cruz reports Generic Doxycycline 100mg caps for anti-leptospirosis prophylaxis last Friday (25 Sept) P2/cap. Today (29 Sept) P5-P10/cap at boticas across PGH [source]
  2. Gabe Mercado says he bought doxycyline at a Mercury drug store for P44+ Sunday night (27 Sept), after Typhoon Ondoy [source]
  3. Tin Larida says Dyna Doxycycline at Mercury Drugs costs 47.00 each [source]

If you bought this medicine at a higher price, it is highly suggested that you save the receipts as evidence. You may also call DTI hotline at 751-3330.

Drugstores that increased their prices will be fined P10M. [source]

If you know of any other medicines that have increased in price after Typhoon Ondoy hit us, please leave a comment.


Updated as of 8 October 2009, 4:50 AM.