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Thursday, 04 June 2020 2.56 PM IST

Authorities to take immediate action to counter shortage of medicines

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KOCHI: Though medical stores across the state are functioning amid the national lockdown, Kerala has begun experiencing a shortage of medicines after the borders between the states were closed. Following this, the Drug Control section has initiated actions to overcome the crisis. It must be noted that several trucks containing medicines for the state are currently stuck at various borders. The initial action is to clear the way for these vehicles.

More than 95% of the medicines for Kerala comes from North Indian states including Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur and West Bengal. While reports suggest that many trucks carrying these medicines are stuck in the Pune-Bengaluru Highway, the situation can turn worse if the trucks fail to make it to the state within the next 2 days. According to PV Tomy, president of All Kerala Chemists and Druggists Association, several important medicines like insulin might go out of stock soon as the stock for April has not reached yet.

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