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In my first visits to pharmacies in Pattaya I was pleasantly surprised at the prices of various medicines. Antibioticlike and other popular medicines were easily obtainable and at a reasonable price. Wonderfull! I thought. But the last couple of visits saw the clerk changing prices for the simple purchase of aspirin. First it was 12 baht for small pack of 8 then a moment later it was 15 and finally 16 baht. Another pharmacy asked for 17 baht for the same pack of aspirin when packs of 4 are available at convenience stores for 6.5 baht. Has something changed at the pharmacies to explain this price gouging?

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I've always had the impression that some pharmacies will just charge whatever they think they can get away with charging. Just find one one you can rely on and stick with that place. I use the one next to 'Tim' on Second Road.

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I've always had the impression that some pharmacies will just charge whatever they think they can get away with charging. Just find one one you can rely on and stick with that place. I use the one next to 'Tim' on Second Road.

I'd have to agree with that.

There are a couple of things I've been paying 70-100 baht for and thought they were dirt cheap. I've just been to a pharmacy further out on the darkside and no English and they were 10 baht and 15 baht.

I'll be going back there.

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I'd have to agree with that.

There are a couple of things I've been paying 70-100 baht for and thought they were dirt cheap. I've just been to a pharmacy further out on the darkside and no English and they were 10 baht and 15 baht.

I'll be going back there.

That's often the case in Thai majority areas but not always. A chemist in Buriran wanted 600 Baht for 1 viagra tablet that she pulled out of an old sweet tin. Of course in touristy areas the generic variety are pretty cheap. Knowing the generic names of drugs can be a big advantage, but upcountry chemists rarely have the demand to justify holding many of these drugs in stock.

 

The difference between 70-100 or 10-15 Baht does illustrates the wisdom of shopping around. I look for chemists with a large turnover and a reasonable proprietor before I 'stock up' for the trip home.

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The prices depends on what you want, but to get away pretty cheap is to go to pharmacy's in naklua, 3rd road or the darkside. Thats where the thai's live and much cheaper. And many pharmacy's in and around Walking Street dont sell stuff like benzo's valium or stuff like that.

Studying in Patts until may 2010

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I always buy a couple of tubes of skin cream in Thailand and for last couple of years it's the same price at all the pharmacies I've been too 123B.

 

Back home in Oz the cost is equivalant to 480B & I have to get a doctors scrip to get it!!!

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That's often the case in Thai majority areas but not always. A chemist in Buriran wanted 600 Baht for 1 viagra tablet that she pulled out of an old sweet tin. Of course in touristy areas the generic variety are pretty cheap. Knowing the generic names of drugs can be a big advantage, but upcountry chemists rarely have the demand to justify holding many of these drugs in stock.

 

The difference between 70-100 or 10-15 Baht does illustrates the wisdom of shopping around. I look for chemists with a large turnover and a reasonable proprietor before I 'stock up' for the trip home.

 

 

 

Wise words from the Doc. I agree 100 %. If I know my own mind I can look on the internet for the gerneric name of the drug.

Quite simple. Thanks for the tip.

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I've always had the impression that some pharmacies will just charge whatever they think they can get away with charging.

 

This has been my experience as well.

 

I tried to buy some little blue pills last trip at the pharmacy just near the Walking Street entrance.

 

The price quoted was bullshit and I just said 'I can get cheaper near hotel.' and went to leave.

 

The guy behind the counter said 'OH... you mean ____ ...I thought you say ____' and then halved the price.

 

TIT :D

"When the going gets weird... the weird turn pro" - Hunter S. Thompson

 

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Yeah.. It is great to buy tablets in Thailand.. I had to take 100gr eltroxin tabs everyday for life, In ireland I had to fork out 10 euro for 30 tabs while I can buy 100 tabs for 4 euro in thailand.. Big difference!!!!

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