Health Minister Rajesh Tope Says Remdesivir Shortage in Maharashtra Will Be Fixed Soon

Health Minister Rajesh Tope Says Remdesivir Shortage in Maharashtra Will Be Fixed Soon

Maharashtra Public Health Minister Rajesh Tope has said that the state is currently facing shortages in the antiviral drug remdesivir. He said that some of the batches produced by pharma companies did not meet the quality control standards set by the Drug Control Authority.  

“The state government is in touch with the manufacturers and attempts are being made to streamline the supply in the next few days,” Tope added. 

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The Health Minister also said that orders were placed for remdesivir at a rate of ₹2,200 per injection and that the pricing should stay unchanged. Tope also added that NCP chief Sharad Pawar had arranged 1,000 injections as a charitable cause.

Food and Drug Administration Minister, Rajendra Shingane has said on Tuesday that 15,770 vials of remdesivir were available in Maharashtra. He added that 1.5 lakh vials would be procured by the end of September.

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Shingane added that the distribution of the drug has to be equal and will be prioritized for critical patients in a given district. He further mentioned that the state task force should clarify the guidelines on the use of remdesivir for patients. 

The battle against COVID-19 continues in Maharashtra with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray asking citizens to conduct upcoming festivities simplistically. The state reported more than 21,000 cases in a single day on Wednesday, while the death toll in the Mumbai region has crossed 15,000.

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