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The Royal Hospital confirms ‘there is enough medicine’

29 Apr 2020 By SHADDAD AL MUSALMY

There is no shortage of medicines at The Royal Hospital, the hospital stated refuting rumours circulated on social media.

The Royal Hospital confirmed that there are enough medicines and that it has purchased more than 1,600 medicines from several countries, particularly from developed countries, and that these medicines were made available to patients at the hospital.

The clarification was given in response to social media rumours about the shortage of medicines. ‘A limited shortage of medicine occurred due to restrictions on international shipment and decisions taken by some countries to halt the export of medicine. However, only 16 out 1,600 medicines have recently been in short supply,’ MoH said in a statement.

In a statement, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said that it has taken several measures to obtain medicines and that four out of the 16 medicines (in short supply) are expected to arrive in the coming days.

As for the mitotane drug, MoH said it used to import it from the United Kingdom in a limited quantity as it is prescribed to a small number of patients. ‘The Royal Hospital has been in contact with several international pharmaceutical companies to secure the purchases of mitotane, after the UK halted its import, and it is expected to arrive shortly,’ the statement said.

MoH is is working alongside relevant authorities to avoid any shortage of medicines. ‘Some shortages might occur as a result of the current COVID-19 crisis,” it said.

 

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