Avoid Stockpiling Vitamins & Medicines During Quarantine Period, Pharmaceutical Group Says
A pharmaceutical group asked the public to avoid stockpiling vitamins and medicines and just buy enough supplies during the lockdown.
Over the past few months, the Filipino people are already in fear and panic due to the rampant spread of the coronavirus disease. The health crisis has caused the panic buying of medical supplies including alcohol, face masks, disinfectants, vitamins, and medicines.
The panic buying causes shortage of medical supplies in many drug stores, pharmacies, supermarkets, and grocery stores in the Philippines. Some people were not able to buy the necessary medical supplies due to artificial shortage.
Recently, the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Association of the Philippines (PHAP) asked the public to buy enough medical supplies only. The group also urged the public to avoid stockpiling vitamins and medicines during the enhanced community quarantine period.
PHAP and other health institutions are trying to fill the artificial shortage of medical supplies. The group appealed to the public so that medical supplies can reach people who were at-risk and more vulnerable to the disease.
“We encourage [the public] not to overstock so that vulnerable [people] and at-risk groups are not left untreated. We are accelerating production and working hard to manage a good level of inventory,” PHAP said.
PHAP executive director Teodoro Padilla said that vitamins and maintenance medicines used to control the symptoms of coronavirus were coming in although delays in shipment are expected.
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