Seek Medical Advice

14/04/2016 09:03

The Consumer Council of Fiji is urging consumers suffering from conjunctivitis to take their doctor’s advice and prescription before purchasing eye drops/ointments at pharmacies. With doctor’s prescription, consumers can opt to purchase generic brand, as it will cost them less than what they will be paying for the originator.

The Council’s call comes following concerns from some consumers over the price of the eye drops. Our survey reveals that most pharmacies in the greater Suva area are selling the eye drops between $16 and $19.

A snap-check by the Council at the privately-owned pharmacies in the capital shows that most pharmacies are either running low or are out of stock on the eye drops with chloramphenicol. Chloramphenicol is an important element used to treat the ‘pink eye’. Some pharmacies in Suva, Lautoka and Labasa do not have the required medication for the infection.

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