Mumbai chemists witness 40% drop in cough and cold medicine sales as pandemic eases


Pharmacies in Mumbai have witnessed a 40% drop in sales of cold and cough medicines during March, April and May this year, a survey by the Mumbai Pharmaceutical Association reveals. town. It comes after the third wave when cases had dropped drastically, leading to lower sales compared to last year during the same period.

The survey was conducted via Google Forms which were distributed to over 140 authorized persons (distributors/marketers) of pharmaceutical companies who responded to the survey.

According to the survey, 72% of respondents said there had been a drop of more than 40% in the sale of cough syrups and other prescribed cold and cough medicines.

Abhay Pandey, chairman of the All Food and Drugs License Holders Foundation (AFDLHF), said the main reason for conducting the survey was to understand the current demand for the rate of sale of cough and cold medicines in the pharmacy.

“We had learned that demand for these drugs had dropped, whereby we surveyed 140 pharmaceutical companies who responded, and we learned that sales had fallen this year compared to last year when the pandemic was at its peak. During this time, we believe demand will increase again given that there is a spike in cases during the month and it will increase further,” Pandey said.

Pandey further said that there are also other factors due to which sales have declined over the past couple of years, adding that people are not very much aware of the virus and prefer home remedies instead. purchase of drugs from chemists.

“In addition, fewer cases of Covid-19, other factors such as people getting used to home remedies to boost their immunity, healthy lifestyle and double vaccination, fewer cases of viral infection led to lower drug sales at pharmacies,” he said.

One of the chemists outside the citizen-run King Edward Memorial Hospital said the current sale of cough and colds has dropped 10-15% in the past three months, which has led to the discontinuation of the purchase of drugs in bulk.

“We are not getting as many customers who have requested cough and cold medicine compared to last year. Now we barely sell 1-2% of cough and cold medicine per month,” he said.

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