Typhoon Sendong: Price Watch on Medicines, Water and other goods

This is an extensive research done by volunteer @mjeansaberon and sent to us via e-mail. Reposting important details below:


[Research done in a Puregold branch in Starmall]

  • The cheapest ones are the bottled water packaged exclusively for PureGold. Very cheap compared to other well-known bottled water labels.
  • Aqualife – Purified Drinking Water (volume and price per bottle)
    • 1L – Php 12.50
    • 500ml – Php 7.80
    • 330ml – Php 6.50
    • 250ml – Php 5
  • Aqualized – Mineral Water (volume and price per bottle)
    • 500ml – Php 7.35
    • 330ml – Php 6.20
  • Based on their carton packaging, there is a total of 12L per carton regardless of bottle water capacity. Basically, 12KGs. The 12L setup seems applicable to other well-known bottled water labels. Summit water has a 6L/gallon container. There are 3 containers per carton packaging so that’s a total of 18L per box. The price should be around 50 pesos per gallon.

[Research done in a branch of Generic Pharmacy (GP) in Starmall; medical supplies listed below are based on this post]

  1. Oral Rehydration Salts: Oral rehydration for adults and children (DUCOLITE and PEDIALITE, or HYDRITE)
    • Php 8.00 each – 250ml
    • (If I remember correctly, it was explained to me that DUCOLITE, PEDIALITE and HYDRITE are brand names)
  2. Antibiotics broad spectrum for adults and children
    • (I was asked which one actually since there are many kinds of antibiotics.)
  3. Anti tetanus TETANUSTOXIDE, so many have deep cuts
    • Not available.
    • (From what they explained to me, this is something like an IV pack and are usually available through hospitals. Or is it not generally available over-the-counter.)
  4. Cephalexin 500 mg capsule
    • Php 5.25 each capsule.
    • A pad contains 10 pieces.
  5. Cephalexin Suspension 250 mg/5 mL
    • Php 58.00
  6. Erythromycin Suspension 200 mg/5 mL
    • Php 77.00
  7. Cephalexin Drops
    • Php 36.00
  8. Paracetamol Drops
    • Php 24.00
  9. Paracetamol Syrup 120 mg/5 mL
    • What they have is the one in 125mg/5ml and it is Php 24.00.
  10. Paracetamol Tablets
    • Php 0.60 centavos each.
    • There are 100 pieces in a box, so it’ll only cost Php 60.00 to buy a box of paracetamol.
  11. Antacid Tablets and Suspensions
    • It is Php 150.00 for tablet in 200mg/100mg.
    • It is Php 46.00 for suspension in 200mg/100mg/120ml.
  12. Metronidazole Suspension
    • Php 29.20 for 125mg/60ml.
    • This is for amoebiasis.
  13. Metronidazole 500 mg Tablets
    • Php 2.00
  14. Carbocisteine Drops
    • Php 28.00
  15. Carbocisteine Syrup (125 mg/5 mL)
    • Php 28.00
  16. Carbocisteine 500 mg Capsules
    • Php 2.50
  17. Syringes Guage 23
    • Not available.
    • (It is most likely this is for the anti-tetanus according to one of their comments.)
  18. Cotrimoxazole 800 mg Tablets
    • Php 2.75
  19. Cotrimoxazole Suspension 200 mg/5 mL
    • Php 29.00
  20. Salbutamol Syrup
    • Php 26.00
    • This is for anti-asthma.
  21. Salbutamol Tablets
    • It is Php 0.75 centavos each for tablets in 2mg.
    • It is Php 1.00 each for tables in 4mg.
  22. Agua Oxenada
    • Php 13.00.
  23. Gauze pads
    • If not sterilized, it is Php 2.25.
    • If sterilized, it is Php 4.50.
  24. Iodine
    • Php 37.00
    • (I forgot the name they mentioned for the iodine but definitely used for wounds.)


  • I forgot to note down which of the medicine is not sold over-the-counter for personal use since it requires doctor’s prescription. However, I was told I can still buy the medicine as OTC transaction if it’s for medical mission.
  • Anyway, I’ve been hearing on TV that medicines are still needed aside from water. I hope we get info which of the items above are more low in supply so it’s possible to have a small package shipped directly to groups with medical missions.


  • I saw a kiosk in Starmall selling some undies for kids for the price of Php 50.00 for 3 pieces. I don’t know if that’s cheap but that should give many an idea what they can budget for underwear donations.

Thank you so much, @mjeansaberon! If any of our readers can contribute further to this post, please leave your comments below or send us an e-mail.

Updated as of 24 December 2011, 12:30 PM.


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