The Department of Health (DOH) said that there is no shortage of paracetamol and other drugs for flu-like symptoms, noting that the public should not hoard medicines. 

The health department released the statement amid reports on social media about limited supplies of paracetamol, as well as other medicines for flu and cold in pharmacies as the flu season starts.

“The DOH would like to assure the public that while there is an observed increased demand for such products, there is no ongoing shortage in the Philippines, the DOH said. 

“Paracetamol has many generic alternatives in the market, which are available in many drug stores nationwide,” it added.

The health department highlighted that they are monitoring the status of supply of medicines for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), as well as supportive medicines for symptomatic treatment. They are also working closely with the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Trade and Industry to make sure that the health products will be secured. 

“We would like to appeal to consumers however to refrain from hoarding, panic-buying or unnecessary purchases of such medications when clinically warranted,” it also said. Ronald Espartinez