Unilab Ba Yan?

October 29, 2008 at 3:38 am 2 comments


This is not directly about money but in the long run, this will affect your capacity to earn a living.

A recent TV commercial has caught my eye. The TVC of Unilab encourages consumers to ask important questions when it comes to buying vitamins and medicines. Here’s the TVC:

Safe ba yan? obviously refers to the safety of the drug or vitamins. There are so many drugs in the market, some are from backyard manufacturers, and we need to ensure that the medicines we’re taking are safe.

Affordable ba yan? Most mommies hold the purse. They want to get the best value for their money. Prices of Unilab products are very affordable, many of them a fraction of the cost of multinational counterparts. A 500-mg tablet of Ponstan (mefenamic acid), a product of Pfizer, cost P21.82. Unilab’s counterpart, Dolfenal, us just P18.30 for a 500-mg tablet. Almost 17 percent difference!

Subok na ba yan? Unilab has always been proud of the many studies conducted for the safety and efficacy of its products. This is the reason why I don’t take drugs or vitamins from the US (like pasalubongs of relatives). Drugs manufactured by US pharma companies are often suited for the American people. Filipinos have different needs. With Unilab, I am assured that it has conducted studies to ensure that the drugs are fit for the Filipinos.

Unilab ba yan? This should be the buzzword for all Filipinos. Filipinos should make it a point to ask who the manufacture of a product is, whether it’s a drug, shoes, clothes, etc. The reputation of the manufacturer guarantees consumers that they will get the best and highest quality. By asking “Unilab ba yan?” we are assured that we are getting only the best.

Many probably don’t realize it but Unilab has been part of the lives of millions of Filipino families for so many decades now. I myself am an Enervon kid, starting with Enervon Syrup when I was in elementary years. I remember that Enervon Syrup was a regular major sponsor of Eat Bulaga’s Little Miss Philippines! And now that I’m all grown-up, I still take Enervon (this time, the tablet).

Biogesic is another classic Unilab product. It has almost become a generic name for headache medicines, just like we think of Colgate when we say toothpaste. I don’t remember a time in my life when my family used another headache medicine. Basta sakit ng ulo, it’s always Biogesic.

There are so many Unilab medicines that have made a difference in our lives–Revicon, Allerin, Neo-Aspilet (which is now renamed Neo-Kiddielets), pH Care, Neozep, Decolgen, Medicol, Myra E, etc. Just imagine the number of people whose lives were significantly improved because of Unilab products.

It’s easy to take our health for granted. Just like anybody else, we think we’re invincible until we get sick. But it’s important to take care of our health and the health of our family. Like I said, our health affects our capacity to earn a living, Without a good health, there will also be no good health.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. ana mika  |  July 13, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Be it American, Korean, African, Pinoy or u name the race…lahat yan tao…lahat parehong human organs which work in the same way maliban nalang kung alien!…basta kung pareho ang active ingredients, it works in the same manner…wala sa lahi ang difference nasa content at GMP ng manufacturer…Okay naman ang unilab but don’t try to mislead ppl with wrong information as marketing tactics.

  • 2. pinayandmoney  |  July 15, 2009 at 12:27 am

    hi, ana mika. thank you for visiting Pinay and Money. to clarify, GMP doesn’t dictate the efficacy of the drug to the body. it’s basically control and management of manufacturing and quality control testing of foods, pharmaceutical products, and medical devices. GMP is basically to assure that proper manufacturing and control documentation.

    bioequivalence/bioavailability studies, on the other hand, determines the efficacy/effectiveness/safety of a drug on the human body.

    if it’s true that human organs are the same, then there’s no need for local bioequivalence testing. if the US FDA approves it, then it should be applicable to everyone else regardless of race and country. but this is not the case. there are standards that each country has and this is grounded on the premise that not all race are the same, that one person is different from another.

    if it’s true that one drug has the same effect on everybody, eh di sana wala nang side effects na nangyayari (think of viagra, vioxx).

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