Pharmacists report 60% summer increase in cold remedy sales

Miserable weather this summer has sent millions of UK residents fleeing to pharmacies for cold remedies instead of antihistamines or sunblock, a report has shown.

Pharmacists report 60% summer increase in cold remedy sales
Pharmacists report 60% summer increase in cold remedy sales

Pharmacists are seeing an unseasonable increase in the number of people requesting medication for arthritis, flu, sore throats and aches and pains, according to Lloydspharmacy.

Cold remedies alone are selling at 60 per cent higher than the normal rate. At the same time, 40 per cent fewer people than expected in the summer are buying allergy treatments.

This June the UK experienced the most rainfall since records began in 1914, according to the Met Office. With many parts of England left flooded after torrential downpours, July is unlikely to fare any better.

People also seem to be fooled by the rain into thinking they are not vulnerable to the sun, meaning UVA sunlotion sales have dropped, but sales of aftersun have increased.

The figures were compiled from UK branches of Lloydspharmacy.

rachel.liddle@haymarket.com

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