December 2, 2022

No paracetamol in Pakistani pharmacies amid 5th wave of Covid, rise in dengue fever cases | world news

15 pharmaceutical companies received show cause notices for not having manufactured paracetamol despite licenses.

Paracetamol is not available in many Pakistani pharmacies and is believed to be sold on the black market, Dawn reported.

An official from Pakistan’s Medicines Regulatory Authority (Drap) has attributed the shortage of paracetamol, the drug most commonly prescribed to patients with Covid-19, to the rising number of dengue fever cases and the subsequent demand for painkiller, the newspaper reported.

Drap on Tuesday issued show cause notices to 15 pharmaceutical companies for not manufacturing paracetamol despite licenses.

Meanwhile, Pakistan is currently facing the fifth wave of Covid-19 and the number of active cases across the country has crossed the 100,000 mark.

Pakistan’s national positivity rate is 9.65% and the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) has recorded 32 deaths across the country in the past 24 hours.

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