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Shortage of Covid-19 drug Dexamethasone in Pakistan raises concern

  • The drug should be sold only to those who have a prescription from a doctor. The notification said that dexamethasone is a steroid, which has a large number of manufacturers in Pakistan.
Published June 19, 2020

There is a risk of the shortage of drug Dexamethasone for Coronavirus patients across the country. The dug control section of the Health Department has taken notice of the shortage of the drug.

As per the notification issued by the Ministry of Health, all pharmacies should ensure the supply of dexamethasone tablets and syrups. Pharmacies will not sell the drug at rates higher than the price fixed by (Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP). For pharmacies and distributors. It has also been directed to keep a record of the purchase and sale of medicines.

The drug should be sold only to those who have a prescription from a doctor. The notification said that dexamethasone is a steroid, which has a large number of manufacturers in Pakistan.

The Ministry of Health has also banned the sale of over-the-counter drugs across the country and directed all pharmacists to provide awareness to consumers in this regard.

The Ministry of Health says the drug is used only for critically ill and critically ill patients. Strict action will be taken against the concerned pharmacies in case of violation.

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