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Covid meds running out in Bangkok

Pain and fever relief medications in Bangkok are running out at some pharmacies, particularly in areas where there is a high concentration of tourists from China, according to a survey by Thai PBS reporters.

Nawat Chevapruek, a pharmacist at a drug store in the Huai Khwang district, said that the tourists are buying so much pain relief balm, plasters and other fever and pain medications that they are having to replenish stock more often.

He thinks that Covid-19 meds running out in Bangkok means some – or many – are buying medication for relatives in China or to resell back home.

Thailand is not the first place where hoards of Chinese tourists have been bulk-buying fever meds. In Japan, Taiwan, and Singapore, a massive rush to buy over-the-counter drugs to send back to families in China is causing a risk of shortages.

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