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A branch at Cabanatuan City
|Traded as||Mercury Drug|
|Founded||Bambang Street, Santa Cruz, Manila, Philippines|
March 1, 1945
|Headquarters||Bagumbayan, Quezon City, Philippines|
Number of locations
|Vivian Que-Ascona (President)|
|Products||Drug and other pharmaceutical products.|
|Revenue||₱42.98 billion (2003)|
Number of employees
|Parent||Mercury Group of Companies, Inc.|
The company began on March 1, 1945 with a single drugstore owned by Mariano Que (d. April 15, 2017). He named it after Mercury, the messenger of the gods in Roman mythology, whose caduceus is sometimes used as a symbol of medicine. The store began cutting packaged, bulk items into single pieces and selling them individually; this practice is colloquially called tingí-tingì in Filipino. During its foundation, it is the second oldest established drugstore chain in the country (after South Star Drug, which established in 1937 - eight years earlier).
In 2001, then trade secretary Mar Roxas described Mercury drug as a "near monopoly" and said it has 70 percent share of the domestic market (hence, it is now facing competition from mentioned-above South Star Drug - which the latter eventually acquired by Robinsons Retail in 2012 - and SM-owned Watsons Philippine franchise).
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