Drug stores in Pakistan’s main urban areas of Karachi and Lahore have come up short on meds having hydroxychloroquine phosphate, otherwise called chloroquine. It all happened after news started coursing on social media that the medication was powerful in treating patients who test positive for the novel coronavirus.
A few drug store chains in Karachi including Bin Hashim Pharmacy, Kausar Medicos, Nice Pharmacy and Newway Pharmacy affirmed they had come up short on chloroquine sedates after a surge of clients requesting either Plaquenil or Resochin.
“We are out of stock since yesterday,” said a sales rep at Bin Hashim Pharmacy in the Federal B territory of Karachi.
As indicated by the sales rep, there had been a flood in clients coming in to purchase Resochin, which was being sold at Rs25 per parcel (10 tablets) at the drug store before stocks finished. He added that Plaquenil wasn’t being sold at Bin Hashim. A client care representative at Kausar Medicos on Karachi’s MA Jinnah street said they were out of both Resochin and Plaquenil.
Fazal Din and Sons in Lahore were likewise out of stock. So was Mahmood Pharmacy in Defense Housing Authority.
When reached, Sindh Health Department’s media organizer, Meeran Yousuf, said the issue of drug stores coming up short on chloroquine medications was brought to the administration today.
Informing against mass purchasing and use regarding the medication without counseling a specialist, Yousuf said there were symptoms related with the utilization of these medications which could fuel existing health conditions in certain patients.
She said the issue will be talked about during the present team meeting of the Sindh Team for virus response. CM Murad Ali Shah is heading the meetings.
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