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Old 28th June 2019, 01:59 PM
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I use generic drug with no issue at all. They are near my house and always have been dependable for me. That being said,i use name brands like metformin,glyburide etc. I don't use things like ampalaya plus etc although we do eat ampalaya. My diabetes meds there are super cheap not expensive and you need to throw in the cost of things like antibiotics at a cheap price and also mostly without trips to drs for prescriptions etc. It really helps balance things out. I have leukemia which also has improved greatly in Philippines with all the anti oxidents.
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when I was there living in Davao city I was under doctors care for awhile. He told me ne ver to buy generic drugs in the *Philippines. He said unlike the usa, the philippines does not monitor the medicince coming into the country . He said it is hard to know what is in the medicine. I did buy metformin and some other generic medicines but I always got them from a pharmacy like Mercury drugs.

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when I was there living in Davao city I was under doctors care for awhile. He told me ne ver to buy generic drugs in the *Philippines. He said unlike the usa, the philippines does not monitor the medicince coming into the country . He said it is hard to know what is in the medicine. I did buy metformin and some other generic medicines but I always got them from a pharmacy like Mercury drugs.

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Well,i totally disagree with him. Maybe he has a kickback or other reasons for recommending mercury at twice the cost. I have a glucose meter and check my blood and Never,Never saw a difference and I have nothing at all to gain by saying this(oops,i guess I have pesos to gain)try it and see. 12 yrs in the rp and no probs with the meds from generic and my health.
I also might add that I bought metformin 500 mg,glyburide,allopurinal for gout and lisinopril and never spent more than 500 php a month to my recollection,even if it was 1000 php a month I could live with that.


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when I was there living in Davao city I was under doctors care for awhile. He told me ne ver to buy generic drugs in the *Philippines. He said unlike the usa, the philippines does not monitor the medicince coming into the country . He said it is hard to know what is in the medicine. I did buy metformin and some other generic medicines but I always got them from a pharmacy like Mercury drugs.

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Art, over the years we also used the generic drugs such as antibiotics/pain pills and they worked they also have chained generic type pharmacies on Luzon but I'm unsure about the other area's.

Lefties has something there the doctors (many) sell some very expensive medications but in a serious health issue as under doctors care I'd probably go for branded but if for maintenance purposes generic.
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case in point,is usa my cancer bloodtest and x rays every yr cost insurance 11,680 usd last time.....same test in Philippines 9.00 usd. Hmmm. Leukemia since 2009 still alive with no radiation or chemo. Organics. I do have to credit the last yrs from 2009 to 2017 health to living in pinas......28 Malaysian red dragonfruit plants in yard and guyabano trees,also buko juice to alkaline my body
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Kevin, if you are looking to live near other US Veterans, the two big places are Angeles City and Olongapo/Subic. Since you said you're not looking for the party scene, I would choose Subic.

One of our members here (jon1) made several posts in the past talking about how living on SBMA (the old US Navy Base near Olongapo) was the closest thing to having US style amenities in the Philippines. The houses for rent are the old US military quarters, so they were built to US specs. You cant buy them, but you can rent them or purchase a 40-50 year lease one them (basically locking in your rent). They have their own power plant, the internet is pretty fast and they actually enforce the traffic laws on base. There are also quite a few Duty Free stores there as well, so you can get stuff there you cant get elsewhere in the Philippines.

It is a little more expensive to live on SBMA but if you have the money, jon1 said it was worth it.
He's not as active now here as he used to be, but you should be able to look at some of the older posts about living here and see his contributions.
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I am not talking about pain pills or antibiotics or x-rays. I am talking about blood pressure and other important medicines. I found out a lot of the generic medicine came from India, Patistan and china. How in the world do you know what those countries put into the pill?????? I want the correct amount of medicine for blood pressure, diabetics and etc. I don't care about pain medicine

BTW - The doctor did not recommend any drug store. It was my decision to buy from Mercury because I had more trust in them to purchase good medicine.

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Kevin, if you are looking to live near other US Veterans, the two big places are Angeles City and Olongapo/Subic. Since you said you're not looking for the party scene, I would choose Subic.

One of our members here (jon1) made several posts in the past talking about how living on SBMA (the old US Navy Base near Olongapo) was the closest thing to having US style amenities in the Philippines. The houses for rent are the old US military quarters, so they were built to US specs. You cant buy them, but you can rent them or purchase a 40-50 year lease one them (basically locking in your rent). They have their own power plant, the internet is pretty fast and they actually enforce the traffic laws on base. There are also quite a few Duty Free stores there as well, so you can get stuff there you cant get elsewhere in the Philippines.

It is a little more expensive to live on SBMA but if you have the money, jon1 said it was worth it.
He's not as active now here as he used to be, but you should be able to look at some of the older posts about living here and see his contributions.
Some of the other PI Expat sites are discussing how many are moving from Subic, both those living on the old navy base and the area. The economy is booming, traffic is becoming horrible, housing unavailable and rent is skyrocketing. Angeles is becoming the same. The middle class is now huge in the PI. It's not like it was years ago. inflation is causing all prices to rapidly rise. We had some retired military recently move from Subic to the La union area because it's becoming too expensive to live in the Subic area.
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I am not talking about pain pills or antibiotics or x-rays. I am talking about blood pressure and other important medicines. I found out a lot of the generic medicine came from India, Patistan and china. How in the world do you know what those countries put into the pill?????? I want the correct amount of medicine for blood pressure, diabetics and etc. I don't care about pain medicine

BTW - The doctor did not recommend any drug store. It was my decision to buy from Mercury because I had more trust in them to purchase good medicine.

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if u read my post it also said diabetes meds etc.....u also stated dr said they are substandard if u buy generics
im saying they aren't . As mark stated we have the chain generic pharmacy,no need to pay double from mercury. Do as u please but just letting others know.
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Some of the other PI Expat sites are discussing how many are moving from Subic, both those living on the old navy base and the area. The economy is booming, traffic is becoming horrible, housing unavailable and rent is skyrocketing. Angeles is becoming the same. The middle class is now huge in the PI. It's not like it was years ago. inflation is causing all prices to rapidly rise. We had some retired military recently move from Subic to the La union area because it's becoming too expensive to live in the Subic area.
im glad to hear it bcoz we are outside subic and the reason it has gotten so expensive is because of expats.......they don't know how to deal well with Pilipino....most just say oh well that's cheap its fine. I know,i hear it all the time from expats. Ill be happy to see most of the drinkers and mayabang go.


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