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News Entry# 419034
Sep 20 (16:17) COVID-19 pandemic | Shortage of remdesivir resurfaces in Mumbai: Report (www.moneycontrol.com)
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Last Updated : Sep 20, 2020 12:17 PM IST |
Spike in COVID-19 cases after the Ganpati festival, large-scale exports and suppliers targeting other states where they are getting a higher price may have led to the shortage of remdesivir.
Mumbai is again facing an acute shortage of remdesivir, a key drug for treating severe COVID-19 cases, that has led to families of patients scrambling for the vials in the black market, a report in Mumbai Mirror has said.
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and civic hospitals reportedly still have remdesivir’s supplies because of the large orders placed in May and June. However, private hospitals are suffering from a major shortage.
The report said even government hospitals were rationing the drug as stocks were running out.
The report put down the shortage to three main reasons: a spike in COVID-19 cases after the Ganpati festival and during ‘Unlock 4.0', large-scale exports of the drug and suppliers targeting other states, where they are able to sell it at a higher price.
In August, the remdesivir price dropped to Rs 2,626 per vial from Rs 4,000-a-vial in July after more pharmaceutical companies got the nod to manufacture the antiviral drug. In the May-June period, a vial of remdesivir was being sold for Rs 20,000 in the black market.
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