Cardiovascular Drugs Demand Rises 15% in December


Ahmedabad: With shocking deaths of young and old alike triggered by cardiac arrests, there seems to be an improved awareness among people when it comes to early detections. Clearly, this has pushed sales of drugs in cardiovascular diseases up.

According to data by Pharmarack, Gujarat‘s cardiovascular therapy market is worth a whopping Rs 1,187 crore a year. In December 2023 alone, the state saw a 15 per cent rise in the sale of medicines.

In December 2023, the sale of drugs in cardiovascular therapy rose to Rs 108 crore, the highest in 25 months. This is about 15 per cent higher as compared to Rs 94 crore in December 2022. The sale showed even steeper growth at 21 per cent over a two-year period i.e. as compared to Rs 89 crore in 2021.

According to pharmacists and distributors, the sale of drugs has increased due to more awareness and proactive action by youngsters as well as among those in the age group above 45 years of age.

“The sudden deaths caused by cardiac arrests has led to improved awareness among people to focus on early detection. This may have caused a rise in the number of cardiovascular incidents of cardiovascular, there is a clear rise in sale of cardiac therapy drugs. Moreover, pharma companies as well as hospitals and even corporates are increasingly encouraging people to get regular health check-ups done as a preventive measure,” said Alpesh Patel, chairperson, Federation of Gujarat State Chemists and Druggists’ Association (FGSCDA).

Interestingly, according to Pharmarack, CVDs account for the lion’s share in total drug sales in Gujarat. In 2023, some 16.8 per cent of the total drug sale of Rs 7,079 crore came from cardiac therapy alone.

‘More people taking preventive medicines’

City-based cardiovascular experts said that winter months generally see higher prevalence of cardiovascular issues, and thus the number of checkups and procedures go up from Dec to Feb. The last year was a landmark year for cardiac issues with a record high number of calls for cardiac emergencies to EMRI 108 – averaging one call every 7.5 minutes in Gujarat – and high prevalence – about 298 calls per 1 lakh population for centres like Ahmedabad. Sudden deaths, often attributed to cardiac arrest, prompted many to go for the preventive check-ups, they pointed out.

Dr Jayesh Prajapati, a city-based cardiologist, said that there is no doubt that the prevalence and cases of cardiovascular issues has increased in the past few years. “Thus, if there is a rise in medicinal sale, it could be reflective of the ground scenario. There is much more awareness about symptoms and preventive check-ups. Thus, even if we don’t believe that there are more patients, one must believe that there are more people taking preventive medicines for conditions such as hypertension in Gujarat,” he said.

He also pointed out that while the focus has remained on the younger population, schemes such as Ayushman Bharat have also brought in a sizable chunk of senior citizens. “It is thus no longer a surprise to see patients in their seventies and eighties on cardiovascular medicines and treatment,” added Dr Prajapati.

Dr Joyal Shah, a city-based cardiologist, said that the last year saw a high number of cardiac procedures across the age groups in the city.

“Statin class of medicines for cholesterol control might be in high demand. Right from lipid profile to calcium score, the last year had seen a high number of preventive check-ups for cardiac issues, too. In the long run, it is a good sign that the underlying health issues came to fore and now many are managing the conditions with medication,” he said. “Roughly, the ratio between those who take preventive medicine and those who take medicine after known heart conditions is about 70:30 in our set-up.”

  • Published On Jan 19, 2024 at 11:39 AM IST

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