Medicine supplies in shortage, prices skyrocket


Medicine prices are exorbitantly high at the moment as Myanmar suffers a deadly third wave of Covid-19. On average, medicine prices have increased by 50% while some essential medicines are facing shortages, according to volunteers and pharmacists.

The prices of essential medicines have been slowly creeping up over the past few weeks as Myanmar citizens experience a deadly third wave.

Essential and common medicines such as Paracetamol and cough medicines are out of stock in most pharmacies or have been charged with high prices.

“A pack of Biogenic, a popular fever relief medicine, is now priced at 6,000 kyats (RM16). Even then, it is difficult to find and buy. Some of the large pharmacies are limiting the sales to one or two packs a person,” says a healthcare volunteer.

Even in Yangon, the city where medicines are most readily available, numerous consumers face shortages of essential medicines. As such, local towns and cities that rely on Yangon for the supply of medicines are facing increased difficulties and challenges, according to the healthcare volunteer.

Some owners of pharmacies in Yangon say that they have had to close their pharmacies because they do not have the supply of medicines and will only open their doors once the medicines are in stock.

According to market insiders, some pharmaceutical distributors have also stopped operating due to the current Covid-19 restrictions. — Eleven Media Group/ANN

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