The district collector on Tuesday had issued an official statement, assuring citizens of adequate stocks of Remdesivir, a drug used to treat
COVID-19 patients are administered around six vials of the drug in a span of five days. District collector Rajesh Deshmukh had given out a list of medicine stores with phone numbers where the drug would be available. Citizens, however, claim that no one is attending to their calls, while some are even switched off.
Kin of a 74-year-old patient admitted at
A relative of a 60-year-old male patient who is admitted at
“At present, while the medicine is available in corporate and government hospitals, around 50 small and medium hospitals that don’t stock the drug or have their own pharmacy are facing a shortage. The patients admitted are given the prescription to go looking for the drug,” admitted Dr Sanjay Patil, vicepresident, IMA, Pune.
Dr Abhijit More, state co-convener of Jan Aarogya Abhiyan, said, “We have asked the divisional commissioner to start a dashboard for Remdesivir and similar drugs so that citizens don’t suffer. “The helplines provided are not useful. The district administration claims there is enough stock, but the situation is just the opposite, with the drug being sold for exorbitant rates.”
SB Patil, joint commissioner of
District collector Deshmukh added, “I will speak with the FDA officials and look into the issue and ask them to make the required arrangements.”