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.
Government 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.
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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.Click here for Moneycontrol’s full coverage of the novel coronavirus pandemic