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Centre: Strict action to be taken against those indulged in black marketing or hoarding of Remdesivir

Meanwhile, Minister of State of Chemicals and Fertilisers Mansukh L Mandaviya has tweeted that the government plans to double the production of Remdesivir.

Centre: Strict action to be taken against those indulged in black marketing or hoarding of Remdesivir
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According to Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister D V Sadananda Gowda, state governments have been asked to take strict action against anyone found indulged in black marketing or hoarding of antiviral drug Remdesivir,

On Monday, April 19, the minister further stated that he has also taken a meeting with the pharma secretary to review the availability of the antiviral drug which is used in the treatment of COVID-19.

Meanwhile, earlier on Sunday, Minister of State of Chemicals and Fertilisers Mansukh L Mandaviya had tweeted that the government plans to double the production of Remdesivir to around three lakh vials per day over the next 15 days in view of the rise in coronavirus cases.

On the other hand, the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court has directed the Maharashtra Government to provide 10,000 vials of Remdesivir, a crucial anti-viral drug to treat patients suffering from the coronavirus.

However, after it was pointed out to the bench that there may be a law and order situation owing to the non-availability of drugs, the Court directed the Commissioner of Police, Nagpur, to identify these hotspots, outside hospitals or supply centres for oxygen and drugs, and provide protection accordingly.

Moreover, it slammed the Centre stating that even though the state alone accounts for 40 per cent of the total number of COVID-19 patients, it does not receive free injections to treat them. It further criticized the state government adding that in many districts, these anti-viral drugs are being distributed arbitrarily. Meanwhile, the court also issued directions regarding the setting up of temporary centres for patients and facilities for those waiting outside hospitals further instructing medical and paramedical personnel to comply with orders requisitioning their services.

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