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COVID-19 2nd wave | Remdesivir available in Haryana black market, costs 10 times more

The authorities are taking necessary measures to ensure that the medication is provided to COVID-19 patients at the price fixed by the government

April 23, 2021 / 09:39 AM IST
Remdesivir is being widely used in treating COVID-19 patients and its demand has skyrocketed following a surge in coronavirus cases in India.(Representative image)

Remdesivir is being widely used in treating COVID-19 patients and its demand has skyrocketed following a surge in coronavirus cases in India.(Representative image)

In the Haryana black market, Remdesivir is being sold at prices up to 10 times the rates fixed by the government. The key antiviral drug is being widely used in treating COVID-19 patients and its demand has skyrocketed following a surge in coronavirus cases in the country.

In Haryana, the family members of COVID-19 patients getting treated in private hospitals are forced to pay up to 10 times the government-fixed price of the vials of Remdesivir, reported The Tribune.

A woman, whose mother was admitted at a private hospital in Rohtak, told the publication that the drug was not available at the hospital. “However, it is being sold for up to Rs 20,000 per vial at some shops, while the government has fixed its price at Rs 1,800 per vial,” she was quoted as saying.

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According to the report, the authorities concerned also admit that black marketing of the drug is going on in the state due to its limited supply amid rapidly increasing demand.

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The authorities are taking necessary measures to ensure that the medication is provided to COVID-19 patients at the price fixed by the government, as per the report.

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Strict action has also been promised against those found indulged in black-marketing of drugs, said the report citing Rohtak DC-cum-District Magistrate, Capt Manoj Kumar.

The black-marketing of Ramdesivir has become a national issue with many such incidents reported from several states.

In Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur, two doctors working in private hospitals and three others were arrested on Thursday by the Madhya Pradesh police special task force (STF) for allegedly black marketing Remdesivir, police said on April 22.

In Rajasthan, police arrested three people for alleged black-marketing of Remedesivir injection on the same day.

(With inputs from PTI)

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first published: Apr 23, 2021 09:39 am

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