Dungarvan ‘strategically important’ due to production of Panadol – McGuinness

GlaxoSmithKlineDungarvanPlant_large.jpgSinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has said that Dungarvan is strategically important at national and European level when it comes to the production and supply of paracetamol-based medicines. Avoiding an outbreak of COVID-19 in Dungarvan will be key to maintaining supply chains for Ireland and much of Europe.

McGuinness said:

“Dungarvan is at the centre of Europes supply of paracetamol, which is one of the few medicines indicated for the symptoms of COVID-19.

“15% of the world’s bulk paracetamol passes through Dungarvan where it’s made into Panadol and other analgesic by GSK. Over 6.5 billion Panadol tablets are produced here every year.

“Dependable supplies of paracetamol products will be critical over the weeks and months ahead. The health of our town’s population is of strategic importance not just to Ireland but on the international stage as well.

“An outbreak in Dungarvan could quickly impact on production given the proportion of our people that work in GSK. This is another reason to follow the advice of public health officials to observe sensible precautions.”