Dale drug firm produces gel after stockpiling
By Nicky Carter - Reporter
A DALE pharmaceutical company has developed its own hand sanitation spray and gel after panic buying has seen similar products cleared from shelves across the country.
Hyperdrug Pharmaceuticals Ltd, based at Middleton-in-Teesdale, which normally produces ranges of animal and bird products says it has shelved normal production lines after formulating its own alcohol based gel and hand spray. Geoff Watson, Hyperdrug pharmacy superintendent and director, said: “As there is currently a national shortage of these the pharmacists at Hyperdrug have come up with suitable products.
“Thorough hand washing is an effective way to reduce the spread of infection, but many people prefer the added security of an alcohol gel or spray as well. One of the virtues of being a small company is we are flexible and being an old style pharmacist I realised we could formulate our own.
“Within six hours of designing it we had the first ones produced. Products developed include an alcohol based gel for hand sanitation and a hand spray, which is more convenient for groups of people to share. The hand spray meets the recommendation of the World Health Organisation. Both products are in limited production, which will be scaled up rapidly.”
Demand worldwide has outstripped supply for such products since the coronavirus outbreak began.
Bulk and trade orders are not being accepted and customers will be restricted to a maximum of two items each. The 100ml hand gel costs £1.99 and a 500ml hand spray costs £9.50.