Why Paracetamol tablets are disappearing from pharmacies


Paracetamol is inaccessible in numerous pharmacies in Pakistan and is being retailed in the black market and the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has therefore issued show-cause notices.

The DRAP official has ascribed the deficiency of medicine due to the increasing numeral of dengue cases in the country which has also activated severe demand for the pain killer. It is to be noted that Paracetamol is one of the most frequently prescribed medicines to bring down fever or pain and is also given to numerous COVID-19 patients. 

Handling the situation, DRAP has issued show-cause notices to almost 15 pharmaceutical companies for failing to produce the medicine in spite of possessing the licenses of the same.

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The lack of medicine has come at a time Pakistan is immersed in the fifth wave of COVID-19. The numeral of active coronavirus contagions has overlapped the 100,000 mark. The nationwide COVID-19 positivity rate of Pakistanis is at 9.65% and the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) recorded 32 losses in the last 24 hours. 

In the meantime, Pakistan People’s Party leader and former senator Rehman Malik were moved to the intensive care unit of a private hospital as he suffered from Covid-related complications. A party politician said that he had been put on a ventilator and requested the masses to pray for his speedy recovery.

Moreover, the integer of new Covid-19 cases fell to 5,327, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) noted 32 deaths across the country in the past 24 hours.

While speaking to a press conference, Minister for Planning Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar urged the people to get inoculated at the earliest and appealed those who have been inoculated six months ago also get a booster dose. He said 180 million vaccine bouts have been administered and 2.5million people have been vaccinated with booster shots across the country so far.

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