December 2, 2022

Pakistan faces paracetamol shortage amid rising COVID-19 and dengue fever cases

Paracetamol is not available in many pharmacies in Pakistan and is sold on the black market, DAWN reported. The head of the Drugs Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) attributed the drug shortage to the rising number of dengue fever cases in the country, which also triggered a drastic demand for the painkiller, the newspaper said. It should be noted that paracetamol is one of the most commonly prescribed drugs to lower fever or pain and is also given to several patients with COVID-19.

The DRAP on Tuesday issued show cause notices to at least 15 pharmaceutical companies for not manufacturing the drug despite having the licenses for it. The drug shortage came at a time when Pakistan is engulfed by the fifth wave of COVID-19. The number of active coronavirus infections has crossed the 100,000 mark. Pakistanis’ national COVID-19 positivity rate at 9.65% and the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) has recorded 32 deaths in Pakistan in the last 24 hours.

COVID-19: more than 100,000 active cases in Pakistan for the 4th day

The News International reported that Pakistan recorded more than 100,000 active cases of COVID-19 for the fourth consecutive day on Tuesday as the country is still embroiled in the pandemic. According to the latest statistics from the NCOC, the country reported a COVID-1 positivity rate below 10% for the first time since January 19. It should be noted that the daily count of coronavirus cases has also seen a decline in the past 24 hours, starting on February 1.

Pakistan has so far reported 1,430,366 cases, while active cases stood at 105,675. Coronavirus curbs in the country have also been extended from January 31 to February 15 as thousands continue to contracting the infection in the midst of an Omicron variant spread. The NCOC had also imposed non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) on January 19 that were due for review on January 27 before being subject to an extension, the report said.

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