As Case Numbers Surge, Covid Medicine Sales Up 150%, Health News, ET HealthWorld

AHMEDABAD: As Covid cases continue to shoot up in state, the sale of medicines has also seen a jump over the past 10 days. According to estimates by the Federation of Gujarat State Chemists and Druggists Association (FGSCDA), sale of Covid medicines have increased 1.5 times between December 27 and January 4 compared to the first fortnight of December. Besides this, masks as well as immunity boosters are also flying off the shelves fast.

FGSCDA chairman Alpesh Patel said, “The number of Covid cases are increasing and we are witnessing an upward movement in the sale of Covid-related medicines. These mainly include azithromycin, favipiravir, paracetamol and ivermectin as well. We have received directives from the All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists to maintain sufficient stock of each of these medicines so that no shortage arises.”

At the moment, there is no shortage of these medicines, say chemists and druggists. Medkart co-founder Ankur Aggarwal said, “With Covid cases going up, the sale of medicines has picked up. We are in talks with our distributors and manufacturers to keep the supply chain intact.”

The newly launched drug for Covid-19 treatment, molnupiravir, is also available and fresh orders are being placed by

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