New Delhi: There has been a steep increase in the prices of avermectin, a drug used in the treatment of corona. However, the drug has not been approved in the country for the treatment of corona but is still being used indiscriminately. The result is that its prices have skyrocketed due to high demand. After several months the National Pharmaceutical Price Control Authority (NPPA) has been alerted to the issue. He has given notices to companies about the rise in drug prices.
The drug Ivermectin basically works to kill stomach worms. It is being used in the treatment of corona in many countries. Such reports have been published that patients are benefiting from this. After this, it started being used in hospitals in the country as well. However, this drug has not been included in the clinical management protocol issued by the central government on 13 June for the treatment of corona. But it is being used fiercely.
A chemist said that people are also taking this medicine for rescue. Accordingly, sales have increased and its prices have increased drastically during the last six months. One pill of this medicine used to cost less than Rs 20, but today it is being sold at Rs 35-40 per pill. Usually, the prices of medicines in the country do not increase at this fast, but due to the high demand for medicines, companies have increased their prices drastically.