I think I'm cursed at times. My time is always spent looking for something that is pretty darn difficult to find or at times just waiting for people. This was what happened to me last Thursday when I was assigned to buy some Savlon Antiseptic Cream for someone who lives in Singapore. How hard can that be eh? According to this person, he has had such a difficult time looking for them in Singapore. Apparently it has been out of stock for quite some time and he needs them for his father in law's wound (apparently he only takes Savlon as the other brands does not heal as effectively). Easy I thought. A visit to a few pharmacies did not bear fruit. What seems like a routine buy turned into Mission Impossible. I went round the city looking for them. Where are things when you need them? Imagine yourself driving around aimlessly for 2 hours looking to buy something that you think you often see but don't buy.
Most of the pharmacists and staff I spoke to told me that they've been waiting quite some time for the stocks to come in. Thoughts came into my mind, were they re-called due to manufacturing defects? About to give up, someone managed to contact a pharmacist that she used to work with and they have 4 tubes left but it's quite far from where I was. In fact she even booked the 4 tubes on my behalf (Wow this is even worse than queueing up to buy Harry Potter's last book). Still determined to buy it off the shelves nearby instead, I spent another hour or so but only managed to find a tube. At last count I think I went to about 15-20 pharmacies before deciding to head off to get it from my friend's contact.
No you can't find them here.
Not here either.
Nah ... not even here.
My last stop. Hooray ... got them finally. The satisfaction is even better than sex.
Savlon Antiseptic - Limited Edition Series Year 2005.
A thing I noticed was the tubes I bought from both pharmacies were actually manufactured in 2005. It seems that Savlon has stopped for some time at least. Can someone care to enlighten me on what's happening? I don't want to go through all this trouble again anytime soon. In the meantime let's just hope DUREX won't run out as well. I don't wanna be a serial condom hunter.