Remdesivir shortage in Nagpur; Nitin Gadkari dials Sun Pharma chief

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The head of the pharmaceutical company convinced Nitin Gadkari to provide 5,000 injections immediately on Saturday and 5,000 the rest in the next two-three days

The Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has summoned Sun Pharma’s head to set up 10,000 injections of remedies in Nagpur by seeing drug shortages in Maharashtra.

Remdesivir is considered the main anti-virus drug in the war against Covid-19, especially in adult patients with severe complications.

A press release from Gadkari’s office on Saturday said Lok Sabha members from Nagpur spoke with the Implementing Director of Sun Pharma Dilip Shanghvi by telephone to tell him about the situation here and appeal to him to provide an injection of Remdesivir.

The head of the pharmaceutical company convinced Gadkari to provide 5,000 injections immediately on Saturday and 5,000 the rest in the next two-three days, the release said.

Gadkari also appealed to Nagpur people to follow all Covid-19 prevention protocols.

With Maharashtra watching bursts in the case of Covid-19, injections of remdesivir in high demand in the state.

Revenue Minister Maharashtra Ballasaheb Thorat on Saturday said there were shortcomings of injection of remedies and the supply of vaccine doses was inadequate.

On Thursday, the state government limited the price of remedies between ₹ 1,100 and ₹ 1,400 per bottle and warned the stockpiling and marketing of black.

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