The Jharkhand government has reached out to some pharma companies in Bangladesh for importing the antiviral drug Remdesivir, which is used in the treatment of serious Covid patients, Chief Minister Hemant Soren tweeted on Sunday. He said the state government has sought the centre’s permission for buying the drug from abroad.
“With the increasing demand Remedisivir for critical patients in Jharkhand and its unavailability, we have reached out to pharma companies in Bangladesh for buying around 50,000 vials for emergency use. I have written to (Union minister) DV Sadanand Gowda ji’s permission to import ASAP (as soon as possible),” Mr Soren tweeted.
With the increasing demand for #Remedisivir for critical patients in Jharkhand & its unavailability, we have reached out to to Pharma companies in Bangladesh for buying around 50,000 vials for emergency use. I have written to @DVSadanandGowda‘ji for permission to import ASAP. pic.twitter.com/23XlxCp6gi
— Hemant Soren (@HemantSorenJMM) April 18, 2021
Experts say Remdesivir has been found effective in cutting short hospital stays of some serious Covid patients.
The drug has been in short supply in several states because of massive Covid caseloads brought on by the rapid second wave of infections.
As India has been reporting over 2 lakh daily Covid cases for the last few days, several states have reported severe shortages of hospital beds, medical oxygen and drugs, especially Remdesivir.
Social media is also flooded with posts of people asking for help in arranging beds, oxygen, medicines and plasma for their families and friends.
Some reports say that the drug is being sold at highly inflated prices on the black market.
On Saturday, 860 injections of Remdesivir were reported “stolen” from the state-run Hamidia Hospital in Madhya Pradesh.