One of the interesting things to compare the Philippines and the USA where I live is medication. Now, I will say right now, these are generalizations. There are exceptions, but in general, I have found these to be true.
Costs – many of the older standby medications are less expensive. Some of the newer ones are also less expensive but not always. When I asked the pharmacist, I was told it was due to the lower liability problems. Very new medications are not always available because, in the rural area, they might not have worked down the supply line.
Prescriptions – one of the other interesting things is that many medications do not require a prescription. This is quite convenient when so many of the children have the same problem. Inday is able to just go to the drugstore and pick up the needed prescription.
So with common sense, it is possible to get your needed medication and be on your way without ever seeing the doctor.