New Delhi: The demand for Dolo 650 has touched new heights since Covid -19 cases have been on the rise.
Dolo 650 is a popular painkiller and is widely used in Indian households. It is used to cure pains, aches as well as fevers.
As per Data, India has sold more than 3.5 billion pills of the anti-fever drug since the outbreak of COVID-19 back in 2020.
The sale of this oval-shaped white pill increased significantly in the last two years primarily because of fever, which happens to be one of the most common symptoms of COVID-19.
Dolo 650's booming sales figures comes despite the fact that paracetamol pills are the most commonly used cold and fever treatments.
The pills have been on high demand so much so that if all 3.5 billion tablets were stacked together vertically, it would be nearly 6,000 times the height of Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain, or 63,000 times the height of the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building.
The sales figures of Dolo, a 1.5 cm-long paracetamol tablet, has surpassed Crocin, the standard paracetamol tablet, in the last two years.
According to statistics from the research firm IQVIA, around 75 million strips of Dolo pills were sold in India prior to the outbreak of Covid-19.
The annual sales of the pill surged drastically to 94 million strips (each strip containing 15 tablets), or 1.4 billion tablets.
Its sales figures doubled by November 2021 as compared to 2019, rising to 145 million strips or 2.2 billion tablets.
Dolo is currently the second most popular anti-fever and analgesic tablet in India, with a turnover of Rs 3.1 billion in 2021, only ahead of GSK's Calpol, which has a turnover of Rs 3.1 billion.
Crocin is the sixth-largest brand in the category, with sales of Rs 231 million in double digits.