New figures from the National Institute of Public Health (FHI) show that sales of paracetamol and ibuprofen increased at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
The half-year figures from the wholesale-based drug statistics at the FHI show that the most common drugs sold in both pharmacies and grocery stores increased by 2% compared with the same period of last year.
For paracetamol and ibuprofen, the statistics show a significant increase in sales in March.
35% of the total sales in the first half of the year took place in March, which coincides with the time when the coronavirus pandemic came to Norway.
“This may indicate a hoarding effect in connection with the country shutting down due to the coronavirus pandemic,” pharmacist and senior adviser Kristine Olsen in the FHI’s department for drug statistics noted.
Over-the-counter sales of paracetamol measured in doses increased by 6% in the first half of the year.
A total of 5.1 million over-the-counter paracetamol packs were sold during the period.
With regard to ibuprofen, sales of over-the-counter packs increased by 7% measured in doses in the first half of 2020.
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