Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope alleged that most of the pharma companies are not supplying the mandated quantity of Remdesivir to the state.
“The Union government has fixed the quota of Remdesivir vials to every state. However, most of the pharma companies are not supplying the vials as per the quantity allocated by the Centre,” Tope said.
Of the total number of Remdesivir vials that the Indian government has received as part of the US aid, Maharashtra managed to get 52,000 vials, he added.
“But it is the duty of the (Centre’s) Department of Pharmaceuticals to ensure that Maharashtra gets the supply of Remdesivir as mandated by the Centre,” he said.
According to him, except Hetero Labs, no other pharma company is supplying Remdesivir as per the fixed quota.
Tope had earlier claimed that the Union government’s Department of Pharmaceuticals was slow in granting clearance to essential medical items imported by the state government.
(Edits by EP News Bureau)