Spain Lists Certain OTCs As 'Essential' In Fight Against COVID-19
Paracetamol, acetylcysteine and loperamide among list of OTC drugs deemed "essential" by Spain in the fight against coronavirus.
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Sales of self-care products in Spain have dropped below 2019 levels after a huge spike in demand in March as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. However, sales of paracetamol still remain markedly above 2019 levels.
Global supply of paracetamol could soon improve after India said it would allow some exports of the drug. The country introduced severe export restrictions in March to ensure it had a sufficient stockpile of paracetamol to meet internal demand during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Countries across Europe are restricting sales of OTC drugs in response to COVID-19 to maintain supply and counteract stockpiling. The approach varies widely across the region: countries such as Germany and France have introduced strict limits, while others, such as the UK and Ireland, have not ordered official restrictions. HBW Insight presents an analysis of the actions taken by 14 European countries to the upsurge in demand for OTCs.