Covid-19: 200% rise in demand for supplements in UAE pharmacies.
ashwani Kumar | Khaleej Times
Filed on 2021-06-15 | Last updated on 2021-06-15 06:12:37
Pharmacy groups in the UAE have registered up to 200 per cent rise in sales of multivitamins and zinc supplements since March 2020, as residents take proactive steps to boost their immunity.
Roshan Abdul Hameed, retail head of Burjeel Pharmacy, VPS Healthcare’s Retail Pharmacy Network, said: “At the beginning of the pandemic itself, more people began buying vitamin C and zinc as part of their efforts to boost immunity. When Covid-19 numbers peaked, the demand rose tremendously across our more than 35 pharmacies. At least there was a two-fold increase in the sale during these months. At present, the increase in sales of these products in our pharmacies is 40 to 50 per cent compared to pre-pandemic times.”
In a bid to handle this excess demand, pharma companies have also ramped up production in the country. Dr Madgy Fahmy, CEO, LIFE Pharma, Dubai, said: “As per the UAE leadership’s strategy of promoting local production, we are able to effectively cope with the increase in the demand for multivitamins. In the early days of the pandemic, obtaining raw material was a challenge, but with the support of the authorities, we were able to get it. Since last July, we have been exporting these products to other GCC countries as part of efforts by the Ministry of Health and Prevention to support sister countries.”