As you know currently Pakistan is facing a severe shortage of Panadol (OTC Painkiller). A few days ago many cities in Pakistan have been affected by the acute Panadol shortage. Panadol is the most commonly used over-the-counter (OTC) drug in Pakistan and amid the severe outbreak of dengue and other water-borne diseases in the worst flood-affected provinces; Panadol became unavailable in the marketplaces across the nation.
What is Panadol?
Panadol, the generic name paracetamol, is a commonly used medicine for fever, headache and body ache. Panadol is sold in different forms, such as tablets, drops, syrups, and suppositories. A few options are also being sold for Panadol, including Panadol Extra, Panadol CF, and Panadol Extend.
Paracetamol is manufactured by Pharmatec and is marketed by Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK) under the brand name Panadol.
What causes the Panadol shortage in Pakistan?
The country has faced a severe shortage of Panadol as the manufacturer said that the medicine’s production ceased mostly due to problems with the drug’s cost-effectiveness.
The manufacturer of Panadol also recommended the regional authorities increase the price of the drug, but their requests were unnoticed. As per reports the company was producing nearly 450 million tablets of Panadol each month.
People across the nation are facing a medicine shortage due to the drug’s cost-effectiveness and also the company stopped its production. The manufacturer of Panadol has requested authorities to raise the cost of Panadol by Rs. 1 per tablet but the federal cabinet rejected the price hike.
Panadol Alternatives in Pakistan
Panadol is just a brand name under the generic name paracetamol and there are other brands using paracetamol formula in their OTC drugs. The severe shortage of Panadol people has started looking for Panadol alternatives in Pakistan. There are many Panadol alternatives in Pakistan that are easily available for purchase at medical stores.
Many people are unaware that there exist Panadol alternatives in Pakistan that are easily available for purchase under different brands’ names.
Check out the list below of Panadol alternatives in Pakistan that are easily accessible;
- Askprol Citi Pharma
- CalPol GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
- Paracetamol Ferozsons Laboratories
- Pracmol Glitz Pharma
- Vamol Valor Pharmaceuticals
- Boschtamol Bosch Pharmaceuticals
So, there are Panadol alternatives in Pakistan that you can buy from any medical store near you. Also, be careful and don’t buy the substandard and fake tablets of Panadol that are being sold at some medical stores. Must consult your healthcare physician before taking any of the medicine.