Buying Prescription Drugs Without Prescription
You can actually buy prescription drugs without a prescription at some drug stores here in the Philippines. You can buy corticosteroids without a prescription, you can buy antibiotics without a prescription, and you can still buy that banned cytotec and a lot more prescription drugs you can buy without a prescription! There are also some pharmacies that sell regulated drugs without a prescription, these regulated drugs they sell are those that were imported illegally here in our country which usually comes from India or Saudi Arabia. I actually took valium and stilnox before to aid in sleeping and I got these at the pharmacy without a prescription until the pharmacy was caught by FDA personnel. It happens here but not all pharmacies here sell imported drugs, regulated drugs or that banned cytotec. There are just few pharmacies here in our locality I know that have been doing it and have been caught by FDA. I have worked in a pharmacy before as a pharmacy aid and I had my experience with it.
When I was having my on the job training in a pharmacy more than 8 years ago, an American came to buy Azithromycin without a prescription. I took his order and when I handed the drug to him, he said to his companion that in the US you cannot buy Azithromycin without a prescription. At that time, did not know anything about it because I have no pharmacy background or pharmacy education before I worked. All I know is just like selling products at the grocery store.
That was an incident more than 8 years ago but it is still happening now. There was a time we went to buy amoxicillin at the pharmacy without a prescription and the lady didn’t ask if we have a prescription. She just asked how many and gave us our order. We paid and we left. My husband then told me that, in the US he has to get a prescription before he can buy amoxicillin. I just told him it is a prescription drug here but a lot of pharmacies are selling it even without a prescription.
This is just one of the frustrations of my college classmate, Sheryl, who just got her pharmacy license this year and is the new pharmacist of a pharmacy chain store. She told me, a customer got upset at her because she didn’t give her the antiseizure drug she is trying to buy without a prescription. She was asking for the customer’s prescription but the customer said that she had been buying that drug at that pharmacy before without a prescription. It is the perception of community pharmacy here; it is just like a mere grocery store where you can walk in, just buy any drug you wish and where the customer is ALWAYS right!