Pharmacies buy more antidepressants as demand soars - daily

Following the outbreak of the pandemic, Poles began to buy in large quantities substances to strengthen immunity, as well as over-the-counter drugs for sedation purposes and dietary supplements which serve as sleep aids. Łukasz Gągulski/PAP

Polish pharmacies have purchased 20.7 million packages of prescription antidepressants so far this year, over one million more in 2019, to meet the growing demand from stressed Poles, according to the newspaper Rzeczpospolita.

The paper reported that a Human Power study showed that more than half of employees used alcohol to help them deal with stress while 87 percent for sedatives.

"This is confirmed by data from the Iqvia research company made available to Rzeczpospolita,” wrote the paper. “According to a report, the rapidly growing purchases of antidepressants and mood stabilizing drugs have even accelerated this year. From January to October, pharmacies bought 20.7 million packages of these prescription drugs, more than 1.1 million more than a year ago. However, this is just a fraction of the market, as Poles also take handfuls of over-the-counter drugs and supplements.”

An analysis by the National Health Fund in Łódź, central Poland, published a few days ago, shows that following the outbreak of the pandemic, Poles began to buy in large quantities substances to strengthen immunity, as well as over-the-counter drugs for sedation purposes and dietary supplements which serve as sleep aids.

The poor mental health of Poles and their growing fears about the future, the paper also wrote, were made evident by the latest ESI (Economic Sentiment Indicator), which the European Commission uses to measure the mood of businesses, managers, and consumers.

In November, the ESI for Poland fell by as much as 9.5 points, the most in Europe and, at 70.1 points, was one of the worst results in the EU.