The mechanisms behind the shortage of panadol

Whenever Ahmed visits his mother’s house in the north, he makes sure to take home treats from Islamabad that are not easy to find in the remote area where she lives. On most of his visits, he packs his bread from his favorite bakery or other snacks and trinkets that are hard to find in a more rural setting. You can find most essentials even in small towns, but it’s the little luxuries that elude you.

This time, however, her mother made a curious request: Panadol. Surprised to learn that she could not find something as basic as paracetamol at the local dispensary, it was the first time that Ahmed realized that there was a shortage of Panadol in the market in different cities in Pakistan. In fact, the shortages had hit nearly two months ago and have only gotten worse over time.

It’s the kind of little moments that mark the shortage of a drug like panadol. Although not lifesaving in most cases, it is a critical over-the-counter option and its unavailability has given rise to speculation that not only pharmaceutical companies have reduced or stopped production of certain drugs, but can also hoard stores of these drugs. drugs to drive up prices by force. This latter theory has gained particular favor among some since a DRAP raid uncovered a large panadol store in a factory. Of course, to fully understand what is going on, we have to go to the root of the problem.

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