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Chhattisgarh has inoculated more than 5.32 million beneficiaries till now of which 4,721,481 have been administered the first dose and 602,963 have been given the first and the second dose.(Reuters file photo)

News Updates from HT: 2 states claim shortage of vaccines ahead of May 1 drive

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 25, 2021 04:56 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
There is no Remdesivir available here, says a notice board outside a Thane hospital. (Praful Gangurde / HT Photo)
There is no Remdesivir available here, says a notice board outside a Thane hospital. (Praful Gangurde / HT Photo)

Remdesivir has side effects too, warns expert as demand rises in Covid 2nd wave

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON APR 24, 2021 09:50 AM IST
A Covid-19 patient may collapse after being administered with Remdesivir and hence it is only recommended to be used by a doctor in a hospital, Dr Naresh Gupta said.
Such consignments had arrived in Indore on April 15, 18 and 20 as well for distribution to districts across the state.(File photo)
Such consignments had arrived in Indore on April 15, 18 and 20 as well for distribution to districts across the state.(File photo)

Madhya Pradesh: 15,000 Remdesivir vials airlifted to districts from Indore

PTI | , Indore
PUBLISHED ON APR 23, 2021 10:33 PM IST
The vials arrived at Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport here in 312 boxes, of which 67 boxes were sent to Bhopal, 45 each to Jabalpur and Ujjain, 33 to Gwalior, 27 to Rewa, 26 to Sagar.
Tocilizumab is to be used in patients with moderate symptoms only when there is no improvement despite the use of steroids and only if there is no active bacterial/fungal/tubercular infection, the new guideline said.
Tocilizumab is to be used in patients with moderate symptoms only when there is no improvement despite the use of steroids and only if there is no active bacterial/fungal/tubercular infection, the new guideline said.

When to use Remdesivir, Tocilizumab? Fresh clinical guidance for covid treatment

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON APR 23, 2021 09:30 AM IST
Patients who are not on oxygen support or are in home settings should not be recommended Remdesivir, the latest clinical guidance for the management of adult Covid-19 patients says.
About 90% of Remdesivir injection vials were sent to private hospitals and nursing homes based in Ranchi. (File Photo)
About 90% of Remdesivir injection vials were sent to private hospitals and nursing homes based in Ranchi. (File Photo)

Ranchi hospitals get a lion’s share of Remdesivir stock

PUBLISHED ON APR 22, 2021 09:20 AM IST
Ranchi-based private hospitals and nursing homes were alloted almost 698 vials out of the total 790 Remdesivir vials available.
Noida: The accused would sell Remdesivir for anything between <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>15,000 to <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>40,000 to people in need of the medicine for Covid-19 treatment, the police said. (File Photo)
Noida: The accused would sell Remdesivir for anything between 15,000 to 40,000 to people in need of the medicine for Covid-19 treatment, the police said. (File Photo)

One arrested in Noida for black marketing of Remdesivir amid Covid-19 crisis

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON APR 21, 2021 03:33 PM IST
Noida Police recovered 105 vials of the Covid-19 anti-viral drug Remdesivir from the accused, Rachit Ghai, who was held by officials of the crime branch team and the Sector 20 police station on Tuesday.
A truck transporting oxygen at Vashi in Navi Mumbai. (Bachchan Kumar/ HT PHOTO)
A truck transporting oxygen at Vashi in Navi Mumbai. (Bachchan Kumar/ HT PHOTO)

'Have sufficient supply but use Remdesivir, oxygen wisely': Maharashtra minister

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 21, 2021 03:26 PM IST
Pune, Mumbai, Nagpur and Thane which are among the worst affected cities from coronavirus infection faced a crisis of Remdesivir injections, leading widespread fear and concern among people whose friends and families have been infected by Covid-19.
Shortage of Remdesivir amid a surge in coronavirus cases has led to illegal storage and blackmarketing of the important drug.(Reuters)
Shortage of Remdesivir amid a surge in coronavirus cases has led to illegal storage and blackmarketing of the important drug.(Reuters)

Karnataka govt sets up war room to monitor supply of oxygen, Remdesivir

PTI | | Posted by Srivatsan K C, Bengaluru
PUBLISHED ON APR 21, 2021 02:26 PM IST
"In order to ensure timely & sufficient supply of Oxygen and #Remdesivir a 24x7 war room has been established with staff working round the clock in 3 shifts," state Health Minister K Sudhakar tweeted.
Remdesivir is given only in hospital settings to moderate and severe covid-19 patients.(AP Photo )
Remdesivir is given only in hospital settings to moderate and severe covid-19 patients.(AP Photo )

What medicines should you take if you have Covid-19? Expert answers

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kanishka Sarkar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2021 08:12 AM IST
  • India’s total infection tally has surpassed 15.5 million and the active caseload stands at 2,031,977.
The Central government waived off import duty on Remidesivir and its raw material to ramp up domestic production.(File photo)
The Central government waived off import duty on Remidesivir and its raw material to ramp up domestic production.(File photo)

Govt waives off import duty on Remdesivir, its raw materials amid Covid-19 surge

By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2021 12:10 AM IST
According to the order, Remdesivir active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), beta Cyclodextrin (SBEBCD) used in the manufacture of Remdesivir and injection Remdesivir have been exempted from import duty up to October 31, 2021.
A total of 18 flying squads for rural as well as urban areas in Pune have been formed to prevent black marketing of the Remdesivir drug, officials said. (File Photo)
A total of 18 flying squads for rural as well as urban areas in Pune have been formed to prevent black marketing of the Remdesivir drug, officials said. (File Photo)

5,900 vials of Remdesivir distributed among 500 hospitals in Pune

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON APR 20, 2021 09:14 AM IST
Maharashtra: In view of the shortage of the anti-viral drug, which is in great demand for the treatment of Covid-19 patients, a control room has been set up for its distribution in the Pune district.
Representational: The Madhya Pradesh high court asked the state government to ensure supply of of life-saving drugs, including medical oxygen and Remdesivir. (Santosh Kumar /Hindustan Times)
Representational: The Madhya Pradesh high court asked the state government to ensure supply of of life-saving drugs, including medical oxygen and Remdesivir. (Santosh Kumar /Hindustan Times)

Ensure supply of oxygen, Remdesivir: Madhya Pradesh HC

By Monika Pandey, Hindustan Times, Jabalpur
PUBLISHED ON APR 20, 2021 01:51 AM IST
Hearing five petitions alleging failure of the state government in dealing with the surge in Covid-19 cases, the bench directed the government to deal with the existing crises.
Punekars queue-up to buy the Remdesivir injection at a Chemists’ association outlet. (PRATHAM GOKHALE/HT FILE PHOTO)
Punekars queue-up to buy the Remdesivir injection at a Chemists’ association outlet. (PRATHAM GOKHALE/HT FILE PHOTO)

Row over Remdesivir intensifies

By Swapnil Rawal, Surendra P Gangan, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2021 02:38 AM IST
The Shiv Sena alleged that the BJP was aiding the black-marketing of the medicine, even as the BJP accused the state government of resorting to “childish politics”.
AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria asked doctors to administer Remdesivir wisely. (Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)
AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria asked doctors to administer Remdesivir wisely. (Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)

Remdesivir not a magic bullet, doesn’t reduce mortality, says Guleria

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 19, 2021 06:11 PM IST
  • Guleria also suggested doctors to ensure that Remdesivir should be given to patients who are hospitalised.
People queue up to buy Remdesivir at a store run by the Chemists Association of Pune District. (Kalpesh Nukte/HT PHOTO)
People queue up to buy Remdesivir at a store run by the Chemists Association of Pune District. (Kalpesh Nukte/HT PHOTO)

BJP, Maharashtra govt spar over Remdesivir supply

By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2021 03:55 AM IST
Maharashtra home minister Dilip Walse Patil on Sunday accused the BJP of trying to pressurise the Mumbai Police and interfere in their work.
According to police, they had got information that the Remdesivir stock was going to be flown abroad by air cargo. (HT Photo )
According to police, they had got information that the Remdesivir stock was going to be flown abroad by air cargo. (HT Photo )

'BJP pressurising cops': Maharashtra minister on pharma firm Remdesivir stock

PTI | , Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON APR 18, 2021 09:25 PM IST
In a letter to chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, Patole claimed that Fadnavis had told the police that the Remdesivir stock was brought with the permission of union ministers.
Three men were arrested by Central Crime Branch (CCB), Bengaluru officials after they were found to have hoarded and black marketed Remdesivir in Pune. (HT PHOTO)
Three men were arrested by Central Crime Branch (CCB), Bengaluru officials after they were found to have hoarded and black marketed Remdesivir in Pune. (HT PHOTO)

3 arrested in Bengaluru for stocking and black marketing of Remdesivir

ANI | , Bengaluru
PUBLISHED ON APR 18, 2021 02:12 PM IST
CCB conducted a drive across Bengaluru and arrested three persons who had an illegal stock of the injection.
People queue up to buy Remdesivir at a store run by the Chemists Association of Pune District, near Bajirao road in Pune. (Kalpesh Nukte/HT PHOTO)
People queue up to buy Remdesivir at a store run by the Chemists Association of Pune District, near Bajirao road in Pune. (Kalpesh Nukte/HT PHOTO)

Remdesivir production to be doubled in next 15 days: Union minister Mandaviya

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2021 01:29 PM IST
In a video message on his Twitter account, Union minister Mansukh Mandaviya said that the production of Remdesivir will be doubled to 300,000 per day from the current capacity of 150,000 a day.
According to the national treatment protocol, injected Remdesivir is one of the investigational drugs approved for use in treating hospitalised Covid-19 patients.(Reuters file photo)
According to the national treatment protocol, injected Remdesivir is one of the investigational drugs approved for use in treating hospitalised Covid-19 patients.(Reuters file photo)

Seven pharma firms slash prices of Remdesivir after govt intervention

By Anonna Dutt, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2021 06:31 AM IST
The country’s production of the antiviral drug has gone up from 2.8 million to 4.1 million vials per month during the past week, the Union government announced.
Gilead Sciences Inc’s remdesivir is at the forefront of the efforts to treat the disease after it helped shorten hospital recovery times in a clinical trial.(AFP)
Gilead Sciences Inc’s remdesivir is at the forefront of the efforts to treat the disease after it helped shorten hospital recovery times in a clinical trial.(AFP)

Maharashtra to face shortage of Remdesivir for next 2 to 3 days, says minister

PTI | , Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON APR 16, 2021 07:09 PM IST
Rajendra Shingane said pharma companies manufacturing Remdesivir have stepped up production but it will take time for the new stock to reach the market.
Indore, which is the nodal distribution of the state, received the highest number of 57 out of the total 200 boxes. In picture - A vial of the Remdesivir drug used in Covid-19 treatment.(File Photo)
Indore, which is the nodal distribution of the state, received the highest number of 57 out of the total 200 boxes. In picture - A vial of the Remdesivir drug used in Covid-19 treatment.(File Photo)

Over 9,000 vials of Remdesivir reach Indore, distributed to other cities in MP

ANI | | Posted by Srivatsan K C, Indore
PUBLISHED ON APR 15, 2021 05:23 PM IST
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday said the state government has ordered a supply of 50,000 more injections.
A vial of the anti-viral drug Remdesivir used in Covid-19 treatment. (File Photo)
A vial of the anti-viral drug Remdesivir used in Covid-19 treatment. (File Photo)

Five held in Pune for black marketing of Remdesivir injections

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON APR 15, 2021 03:04 PM IST
During prima facie investigation, it was revealed that the two Remdesivir injections recovered from their possession were taken from the civil hospital of Daund in Pune.
Union minister of state for chemicals and fertilizer Mansukh Mandaviya reviewed the availability of the drug in the country with all existing manufacturers at several meetings held on Monday and Tuesday(AFP)
Union minister of state for chemicals and fertilizer Mansukh Mandaviya reviewed the availability of the drug in the country with all existing manufacturers at several meetings held on Monday and Tuesday(AFP)

Production of Remdesivir to be ramped up: Govt

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2021 04:15 AM IST
According to the national treatment protocol, remdesivir is one of the investigational drugs approved for use in treating hospitalised Covid-19 patients. With the rising cases, the demand for the drug has also shot up.
Huge crowd outside the office of Chemists Association in Pune, demanding the necessary Remdesivir injections for the treatment.(PTI)
Huge crowd outside the office of Chemists Association in Pune, demanding the necessary Remdesivir injections for the treatment.(PTI)

Remdesivir price cut, production to be nearly doubled amid increased demand

PUBLISHED ON APR 14, 2021 06:26 PM IST
At present, there is no uniform price of Remdesivir, as it ranges between 900 and 5,000 per vial.
File photo: People stand in queue to buy Remdesivir injection at chemist association outlet in Pune on April 8 (Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)
File photo: People stand in queue to buy Remdesivir injection at chemist association outlet in Pune on April 8 (Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

Mumbai doctor, 2 others arrested for selling Remdesivir in black market

By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2021 06:35 PM IST
The Mumbai police sent a decoy customer on a tip-off that two men were selling antiviral drug Remdesivir in the black market
n ampule of Gilead Sciences Covid-19 antiviral remdesivir is pictured.(Reuters)
n ampule of Gilead Sciences Covid-19 antiviral remdesivir is pictured.(Reuters)

Political slugfest erupts after Gujarat BJP chief offers free remdesivir

By HT Correspondent, Ahmedabad
PUBLISHED ON APR 13, 2021 03:38 AM IST
  • On Friday, state BJP chief CR Patil organised some 5,000 vials of remdesivir and offered to distribute them free to people from the BJP office in Surat, while the state reeled under a severe shortage.
A vial of the anti-viral drug Remdesivir (AFP / File Photo)
A vial of the anti-viral drug Remdesivir (AFP / File Photo)

Careless use, hoarding and black markets behind India's Remdesivir shortage

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose
PUBLISHED ON APR 11, 2021 09:15 PM IST
As Covid-19 cases in India surged, so did the demand for Remdesivir and with it came indiscriminate usage, hoarding, and black marketers, causing artificial shortage to jack up prices.
Nitin Gadkari also appealed to the people of Nagpur to follow all Covid-19 prevention protocols.. (PTI Photo/R Senthil Kumar)(PTI)
Nitin Gadkari also appealed to the people of Nagpur to follow all Covid-19 prevention protocols.. (PTI Photo/R Senthil Kumar)(PTI)

Remdesivir shortage in Nagpur; Nitin Gadkari dials Sun Pharma chief

PTI | , Nagpur
PUBLISHED ON APR 11, 2021 11:45 AM IST
  • The pharma company chief assured Nitin Gadkari of making available 5,000 injections immediately on Saturday and the remaining 5,000 in next two-three days
Remdesivir is considered a key anti-viral drug in the fight against Covid-19 especially in adult patients with severe complications. (AP)
Remdesivir is considered a key anti-viral drug in the fight against Covid-19 especially in adult patients with severe complications. (AP)

Indore's MGM Medical College new nodal centre for distribution of Remdesivir

ANI | , Indore
PUBLISHED ON APR 11, 2021 09:06 AM IST
  • The state government is also considering making Remdesivir injections available to hospitals instead of medical stores so that unnecessary administration to patients can be checked
An ampule of remdesivir is pictured during a news conference at the University Hospital Eppendorf (UKE) in Hamburg, Germany. An offence was registered against the accused, who has been remanded to police custody till April 15, a police official said.(Reuters)
An ampule of remdesivir is pictured during a news conference at the University Hospital Eppendorf (UKE) in Hamburg, Germany. An offence was registered against the accused, who has been remanded to police custody till April 15, a police official said.(Reuters)

Medical store owner arrested for selling remdesivir at higher price than MRP

PTI | , Aurangabad
PUBLISHED ON APR 08, 2021 05:10 PM IST
Based on a complaint, a trap was laid at the medical store on Wednesday night and the accused Vijay Hake was caught red handed while selling a vial of remdesivir for 6,000 as opposed to the actual price of 4,800, deputy collector Sanjay Kudetkar said.
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