Mirza assures availability of medicines utilized in coronavirus treatment

PM’s aide on health Dr Zafar Mirza has assured the supply of medicines used for the treatment of coronavirus patients, the Radio Pakistan reported Saturday.

The PM’s aide presided over a gathering on the coronavirus situation in Islamabad Saturday. He said Tocilizumab and Remedesivir injections used for treating COVID-19 patients were being made available by the govt .

Mirza said these injections are going to be distributed to critically ill patients through a strong mechanism to satisfy the requirements of varied hospitals.

The government took immediate action over reports of short supply of those two injections, consistent with the PM’s aide. There was an improvement in availability of the Tocilizumab injection after extensive efforts.

Strict action are going to be taken against those involved in over-charging or black marketeering of life-saving drugs under the DRAP Act, he warned.

Mirza urged the masses to tell DRAP on its toll-free number 0800-03727 just in case they were over-charged for Actemra injection.

He said directions had been issued to the National Task Force on Eradication of Spurious and Sub-standard Drugs to apprehend black marketeers and therefore the ones charging quite the approved prices of those drugs.

The number of known coronavirus cases has jumped to 134,667 in Pakistan. The virus has thus far killed 2,574 people within the country.

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