India bans export of key malaria drug amid coronavirus outbreak
The Indian government announced on 25.03 that it is banning the export of hydroxychloroquine and formulations made from the medication, Reuters reports.
Hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug, is among the medications that are being tested, as a potential treatment for patients with COVID-19. the disease.
Earlier this week, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), which maintains a list of drug shortages, said hydroxychloroquine was in shortage.
Toxicity in certain patients
Chloroquine has demonstrated toxicity in certain patients,” Dinesh Dua, chairman of the Pharmaceuticals Export Promotion Council of India, told Reuters. “You have to tread with caution because there is no comprehensive data to prove it works.”
The group said India faced no shortages of the drug but they warned companies were facing acute shortages of staff to run operations.
Late on Tuesday, India ordered a 21-day lockdown of its 1.3 billion people to try to protect the world’s second most populous country from the fast-spreading coronavirus. “It is impossible to maintain operations due to lockdown, because employees don’t want to come,” Dua said.
Ban for export of ventilators and sanitizers
India has already banned export of all ventilators and sanitizers and personal protection equipment such as masks and clothing to contain the outbreak that has so far infected more than 550 people and claimed close to a dozen lives in the country.
The ban comes after India, the world’s largest supplier of generic drugs, this month restricted the export of 26 pharmaceutical ingredients and the medicines made from them, including Paracetamol, a common pain reliever also sold as acetaminophen. Some of those restrictions have since been relaxed.