DTI's advisory on paracetamol supply

Published January 5, 2022, 3:31 PM

by Jane Kingsu-Cheng

Barely 24 hours since photos of people lining up to buy paracetamol in drugstores have been circulating, and with Unilab’s announcement that they are trying their best to meet the demands, DTI has released a statement regarding this matter.

Artwork by Ariana Maralit

“In response to the reported tight supply of some paracetamol brands, the public is hereby assured that the situation is temporary and was due to a sudden increase in demand that is way above usual levels of inventories in drugstores. The concerned manufacturers have already assured the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) that there is supply as these are produced locally and that they will immediately replenish their stocks in the various drugstore branches,” posted on their Facebook page.

“In particular, popular brands Biogesic and Decolgen (which are paracetamol and analgesics of Unilab), were temporarily out of stock as the increased demand occurred right after their delivery cut-off in December. DTI has already received reports of deliveries coming in this week. Some brands and generics have ample supply in the outlets. Rhea Generics product lines are supplied by major companies and we are also assured of continuous supply.”

They also reminded drugstores to limit the number of purchases when it comes to this product. “We request the drugstores to limit purchase quantity and take necessary steps to prevent panic buying.”

Those who have concerns regarding pricing and supplies may send an e-mail to [email protected] or call (02)8875-7734 local 254- 255.