FGSCDA chairman Alpesh Patel mentioned, “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 second, there is no such thing as a scarcity of those medicines, say chemists and druggists. Medkart co-founder Ankur Aggarwal mentioned, “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 therapy, molnupiravir, can also be obtainable and recent orders are being positioned by chemists for these medicines.
Besides medicines, the sale of masks, immunity boosters and preventive medication have additionally gone up considerably. “The demand for vitamin C has almost doubled in the past one month. That apart, people are also buying oximeters and thermometers in addition to other preventive medicines as a precautionary measure,” mentioned a chemist in Prahladnagar.
Estimates by FGSCDA recommend that some 10 lakh disposable masks, along with 6 lakh N95 masks, are being offered each day throughout the state.