“An unprecedented surge in demand of some crucial medicines, used in treating Covid patients, has created a mess. Now companies like
or , and others have increased production of vials manifolds. We promise supplies will be sufficient, “Rajiv Singhal, General Secretary of All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists(AIOCD), representing over 9.50 lakh chemists throughout the nation, instructed IANS.
Explaining the explanation behind the shortage and delay in provide of Remdesivir, a life saving drug for critically ailing Covid sufferers, J.S. Shinde, President, AIOCD stated that for manufacturing of a single batch of this drug, it takes round 15-16 days.
“Remdesivir cannot be produced immediately. It involves a cycle of 15 days, plus 3 to 4 days in packaging and roll out. But now several manufacturers (around 7 to 8) have got licence and have ramped up production,” stated J.S. Shinde whereas including: “Presently the distribution of Remdesivir is from concerned manufacturers to its distributors. The stock goes straight to hospitals from the distributors under supervision of the state government. In this chain of supply, the chemists are not involved, so they can’t be blamed for hoarding.”
Elaborating on a big scale requirement of life saving medicine for essential Covid sufferers, Rajiv Singhal stated that taking word of day by day circumstances of round 3.75 lakh in India, a minimum of 70,000 sufferers would want a Remdesivir injection. “As each patient requires 6 vials, the country would need over 4 lakh Remdesivir injections every day. We hope as most manufacturers have ramped up their production, the crisis of short supply of Remdesivir would be over,” the General Secretary of AIOCD added. According to him, different medicines like Fabiflu and Tocilizumab had been additionally in shortage due to sudden surge in demand. In many circumstances inventory will not be reaching chemists. Besides there have been issues in procuring uncooked materials for manufacturing Fabiflu which comes from overseas.
On shortage of Betadine gargle, really useful for prevention of Covid-19 by many medical doctors, Rajiv Singhal stated that due to a surge in demand of Betadine, its manufacturing firm couldn’t meet the current requirement of the market. “Let me tell you, people who need one bottle of Betadine, now buy 4 bottles. Everyone who can afford, wants to store such drugs. Actually this type of mindset of storing crucial medicines at home, is the reason behind the present shortage of certain medicine since the past one month. To be precise, after the second wave of Covid has affected us, people have started storing medicines, even vitamin C tablets,” stated Mr Singhal, a veteran in medication commerce for the previous few a long time.
Both the important thing functionaries of AIOCD, J.S. Shinde and Rajiv Singhal, denied involvement of any chemists in promoting life saving medicine like Remdesivir in black market. “We have one of the biggest networks of chemists which goes into lakhs. But you cannot name one chemist involved in selling this vial in black market. We have clarified earlier, that on government’s order this drug is now distributed directly to hospitals. In fact, ward boys, staff of a few hospitals have been caught red handed selling such drugs in black market. By the way, clear instructions have been given to our members, that Organisation will not defend any chemist found hoarding any drugs,” Rajiv Singhal, General Secretary AIOCD stated.
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