According to the details, the number of dengue virus cases in Pakistan has increased rapidly during the last month.
Taking note of the artificial shortage, DRAP chief Dr. Asim Rauf directed the provincial offices to ensure the nationwide availability of the drug.
Taking note of the artificial shortage of medicine, Chief DRAP has sent a letter to the provincial offices instructing them to mobilize DRAP’s field force.
The letter said that the demand for paracetamol has multiplied due to dengue cases, and the availability of paracetamol tablets is essential for the citizens in such situations.
Talking to ARY News about the artificial shortage of paracetamol, Dr. Asim Rauf said that steps are being taken to make the drug available at a fixed price. In this regard, he has also approached the companies to increase the production of paracetamol.
He said that paracetamol is available in Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Quetta, and Karachi, while the drug is readily available in other cities under different names.
Dr. Asim said that the sale of paracetamol over the stipulated price is a legal offense. Therefore surveillance has been increased in the drug markets across the country to curb the artificial shortage, whatever the illicit profits.