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Coronavirus pandemic | Aadhaar card, COVID-19 test results mandatory to buy remdisivir in Maharashtra

Only COVID-19 positive patients with doctor’s prescription, Aadhaar card, and a phone number will be allowed to buy coronavirus treatment drugs remdisivir and tocilizumab in Maharashtra.

July 13, 2020 / 09:48 PM IST

To redress concerns of black marketing of medicines prescribed to treat COVID-19 patients, the Maharashtra government has made the rules of purchasing these drugs stricter.

Now, people will have to produce their Aadhaar cards, COVID-19 test result, and doctor’s prescription and contact number to buy the coveted medicines that are flying off the shelves fast, reported NDTV.

However, the black market sale of remdesivir and tocilizumab is not the only concern for the Maharashtra government. Serpentine queues have been seen outside medicine shops, with people waiting to buy the drugs. In a state that has reported more than two lakh coronavirus cases and continues to be the worst affected by the deadly virus, complaints about remdesivir shortage have become frequent.

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