May 20, 2022

Now PAINKILLERS are running out: Figures reveal shortages of paracetamol and ibuprofen tablets


Now PAINKILLERS are running out: Alleviating a festive hangover could prove difficult this year as numbers reveal shortages of paracetamol and ibuprofen tablets

  • Official figures reveal pill shortages as Britons stock up to cope with cold
  • There were also shortages of turkeys, soda water and boxes of chocolate.
  • A total of 15.6% of stores were running out or running out of ibuprofen tablets










It will soon be the season for merriment – and will often end up with a headache as a result.

But watch out for party animals: relieving your hangover with pain relievers can be difficult this year.

As the traditional Christmas round looms, official figures have revealed shortages of tablets such as ibuprofen and paracetamol as Britons stock up to deal with possible symptoms of Covid, flu and colds.

As the traditional Christmas round looms, official figures have revealed shortages of tablets such as ibuprofen and paracetamol as Britons stock up to deal with possible symptoms of Covid, flu and colds

Shortages were also recorded for frozen turkeys, sparkling water and selection boxes of chocolate.

Researchers visited hundreds of stores to see if stocks of benchmark products are high, medium, low, or absent.

In total, 15.6% of stores had low ibuprofen or lack of ibuprofen, while the figure for paracetamol was 14.5%.

Some 18 percent were low or out of stock of turkeys while 17 percent lacked carbonated water.

Boxes of chocolate were weak or absent in 12% of stores, the Office for National Statistics said.

The ONS found that only 39% of retailers had a high level of milk and 49% of bread.

The scarcity of carbonated water appears to be part of a larger problem in the soft drink trade.

This follows a carbon dioxide shortage earlier this year – the gas sparkles in the liquid.

Market analyst Susannah Streeter, of financial services firm Hargreaves Lansdown, said there had been a “rush on ibuprofen and paracetamol as winter viruses took hold” amid the pandemic.

She added: “It looks like Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without the turkey on the table, as the birds are flying out of the freezer faster than the supermarkets can stock up again.

Market analyst Susannah Streeter, of financial services firm Hargreaves Lansdown, said there had been a

Market analyst Susannah Streeter, of financial services firm Hargreaves Lansdown, said there had been a “rush on ibuprofen and paracetamol as winter viruses took hold” amid the pandemic

There has been a lack of carbonated water supply, with some supermarkets struggling to replace bottles on the shelves, given the drop in soft drink production due to carbon dioxide shortages.

The results are similar to those of a study by analyst Kantar.

Fraser McKevitt, Kantar, said: “Consumers are sourcing products to help them feel better.

Sales of cold treatments have doubled this month compared to last year, while cough fluids are up 147%. ‘

Now you can get eco-friendly glitter

Glitter may bring joy to some during the holiday season, but it is made of toxic and unsustainable materials and contributes to plastic pollution.

Today, researchers at the University of Cambridge have found a way to make sustainable, vegan and biodegradable glitter from cellulose nanocrystals, the building block of plant cell walls.

Nanocrystals can bend light through a process called “structural color” to create vivid hues, and the researchers hope to form a company to commercialize their glitter in the years to come.

Professor Silvia Vignolini, of Cambridge’s Yusuf Hamied Chemistry Department, said: “It will be just as boring, but it will not harm the planet.”