There is now a limit on the number of paracetamol and other flu medicines individuals and households can buy over the counter.

The Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) have issued Joint Memorandum Circular No. 22-01 limiting the sale of over-the-counter flu medicines to prevent artificial shortage and price inflation.

The circular ordered retailers and consumers to limit the sale and purchase of medicines “until such time that their supplies become stable.”

Purchase caps for paracetamol are as follows:




Meanwhile, purchase caps for flu-relieving medication phenylephrine, hydrochloride, chlorphenamine maleate, paracetamol and carbocisteine are as follows:

The DOH and the DTI also reminded Filipinos that the online selling of medicines was not allowed unless permitted by the Food and Drug Administration.

There has been a recent surge in demand for flu medicine amid rising Covid-19 cases in the country.

Nearly 90,000 cases were recorded in the country over the past three days. John Ezekiel J. Hirro