Ahmedabad: In a setback to Amdavadis struggling to get a hold of remdesivir injections, Zydus Hospitals Group late on Friday announced the non-availability of remdesivir injections at the hospital from April 10 till further notice.
Despite assurance from the state administration, shortage of remdesivir injections was rampant across Gujarat over the past week. Earlier this week, on April 4, the group had announced the availability of remdesivir injection at Rs 899 on the hospital premises from April 5-12. Amdavadis, who were struggling due to shortage of the injection, turned to Zydus Hospital with high hopes of getting remdesivir; while many managed to get their hands on it, some left empty-handed.
And even as the state made some 24,687 remdesivir injection ampoules available on Friday, receiving favipiravir is also becoming a concern as the medicine is rapidly flying off shelves. According to data provided by FDCA Gujarat, the consumption of favipiravir has gone up by a significant 80% in the first 10 days of April.
Against 17.4 lakh tablets of favipiravir prescribed to people in Gujarat in March, 31.3 lakh tablets were consumed in first nine days of April alone, suggests data by FDCA.
“The demand went up significantly in March and in the first week of April, it has gone higher up. With barely any demand in February, manufacturers had slowed down manufacturing of the medicines however, the multi-fold increase in demand in March did disrupt the supply chain. Over the past two-three days, we’re compelled to turn down customers as the stock which arrives is depleted soon, ”said Ankur Aggarwal, founder, Medkart.
Upon randomly checking with seven medical stores in Ahmedabad, most had run out of stock for favipiravir. “We’ve been getting barely 10 strips of favipiravir for each dosage daily because the stockist from whom we purchase is not getting enough stock,” said a chemist in Navrangpura.