Surge In Demand For Paracetamol As More Omicron Cases Reported

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Due to the Covid-19 Omicron wave, demand for paracetamol has doubled, while the price of its raw materials has increased by more than 100%.


Surge In Demand For Paracetamol As More Omicron Cases Reported

Paracetamol was reported to be difficult to find at pharmacies and convenience stores.

Due to the Covid-19 Omicron wave, demand for paracetamol has doubled, while the price of its raw materials has increased by more than 100%.

This was in response to early comments from the Malaysian Organisation of Pharmaceutical Industries (Mopi), said Norhaliza A. Halim, senior director of Pharmaceutical Services at the Health Ministry, on Tuesday.

Mopi, on the other hand, indicated that its members were dedicated to increasing paracetamol production to meet local demand.

Source - The Guardian

Norhaliza said that the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) reported that inventories of paracetamol tablets, oral suspension, and syrup were accessible based on feedback from the local market’s three major paracetamol suppliers: GlaxoSmithKline, Duopharma, and Idaman Pharma.

These companies have confirmed that the entry of new stocks is ongoing. NPRA is also gathering information from other product registration holders for paracetamol registered with the agency.

Paracetamol, a medication used to treat fever and headaches, was reported to be difficult to get at city pharmacies and convenience stores.

According to pharmacy checks, shelves showing the medicine, particularly a popular brand, were almost bare, most likely due to the surge in Covid-19 cases.

In response to a question on whether the ministry’s healthcare facilities were suffering a similar problem, she stated: “Currently, there is no shortage in terms of supply to the Health Ministry’s facilities.

(And) the supplier has confirmed the entry of stocks weekly to cover the demand for health facilities in the country.

Source – New Straits Times

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