Pakistan No Longer Produces Panadol; Shortage Anticipated

The commonly used over-the-counter (OTC) medications panadol and paracetamol may be unavailable in markets due to the manufacturer of the brands discontinuing production of both medications.

Panadol, a generic medication, is used to treat vaccine-shot soreness, minor headaches, and fevers.

The reason for discontinuing production is cost-effectiveness.

The company claims that production is no longer economically beneficial and has petitioned authorities to raise the price of Panadol.

According to the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Association of Pakistan, the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) reportedly sent a summary to the Health Ministry requesting an increase of Rs 1 per medicine, but the federal cabinet rejected the request.

Pakistan no longer manufactures Panadol; a shortage is expected. The manufacturer could not sell the medicine for less than the cost of production. The pharmaceutical industry claims that tablet production has stopped totally.

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