Chinese nationals in Singapore have been sending medicines back home in the light of an alleged shortage.
This comes on the back of the nation's recent easing of Covid-19 measures.
MOH aware of demand
In response to media queries, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said it is aware of the situation.
A spokesperson acknowledged that retailers and retail pharmacies have faced increased demand for over-the-counter medications to treat fever, cough, and cold.
But while retailers have placed additional orders to meet the demand, some brands may take a longer time to restock the supply.
As such, the spokesperson advised: "If a preferred brand is currently unavailable, the public is advised to purchase an alternative brand."
The spokesperson added that generic brands are "just as effective" as branded medicines.
The public is also advised to purchase amounts "sufficient only for their own consumption" to avoid wastage, the spokesperson said.
In the meantime, the ministry is working with retailers to ensure that medicines are available to Singaporeans in need.
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