18 Sep, 2020 03:45 am

Pune hospitals running out of remdesivir for treatment of critical Covid patients

Late on Wednesday, at KEM hospital, for instance, the administration was struggling to procure remdesivir for a critical patient, while Noble hospital authorities said they paid for the stock of vials but had yet to receive it on Thursday.

The Indian Express p p Several hospitals in Pune are now facing an irregular supply of remdesivir, an antiviral drug proven to have had some impact in fighting Covid-19.While Ruby Hall said it had an adequate stock, several doctors said there was an increasing demand for this antiviral drug.It has also been reliably learnt that there was a requirement of the antiviral drug in Nepal and South Africa, where a sizable number of vials were being sent."There has been a rampant misuse of this antiviral drug.

Officials said Pune, on an average, required at least a minimum supply of 25,000 vials of remdesivir per month and the situation would be normalised in the next five days or so.Civic authorities said the standing committee recently approved a proposal to procure 1,000 vials of remdesivir and the stock would be available for civic-run healthcare facilities in the next two to three days.

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