Phan Van Su, 39, introduced with him a picture of a quarantine discover issued by medical authorities on his telephone to purchase the capsules for his relations at a drugstore in Thu Duc Metropolis on Thursday.
Su confirmed the picture to an worker of a Lengthy Chau drugstore, however was denied his buy. The worker stated because of the restricted variety of molnupiravir capsules, the drug can be prioritized for Covid-19 sufferers with both paperwork to substantiate their an infection, or a prescription.
“I simply need to purchase a molnupiravir field to ship to my relations who caught Covid-19. I do not intend to hoard or resell it,” Su stated.
Tran Thi Thanh Trang, 24, visited one other Lengthy Chau drugstore to buy molnupiravir capsules for her sister. She confirmed a prescription for the drug, nevertheless it lacked a health care provider’s signature and the date for when the prescription was written. As she additionally lacked paperwork from native authorities to substantiate Covid-19 an infection, Trang was unable to purchase the antiviral and needed to resort to different medicine to deal with signs like fever and coughing.
“This morning my sister had medically declared herself to ward authorities, however she solely obtained again a optimistic Covid-19 check and no doc to substantiate her an infection. Due to this fact, I couldn’t purchase Covid-19 medicine for her,” Trang stated.
A consultant of the primary Lengthy Chau drugstore stated the store had been allotted 5 bins of molnupiravir by its proprietor, FPT Lengthy Chau Firm, on Wednesday afternoon. Every field is offered at VND250,000 ($11). About 10 prospects got here to buy them, however just one field was offered on Thursday morning as the customer had a reliable doc to substantiate Covid-19 an infection, the consultant stated.
The opposite Lengthy Chau drugstore additionally offered just one molnupiravir field throughout the similar interval, regardless of having over 30 folks come by to buy the drug.
“As molnupiravir has solely lately been offered, many individuals aren’t conscious of the way to use them, in addition to the necessities to buy them… The shop would solely promote molnupiravir when there’s both a prescription or a doc to substantiate an infection from native authorities,” in keeping with a consultant on the retailer.
A number of pharmacists stated many individuals lack paperwork to substantiate their infections as native authorities are at present swamped and couldn’t subject the paperwork in time. Many merely had inappropriate prescriptions.
“They beg us to promote them the medicine, however we couldn’t go towards our insurance policies. It’s arduous on us too,” a pharmacist at a drugstore in Tan Binh District stated.
Molnupiravir capsules produced in Vietnam would value as much as VND12,500 every, the nationwide drug administration revealed Wednesday.
Three corporations: Boston Pharma, Mekophar Chemical Pharmaceutical and Stellapharm would produce the drug in Vietnam. Their merchandise are the primary Covid-19 antivirals authorised within the nation.
Molnupiravir inhibits the replication of sure viruses by introducing errors of their viral RNA replication. It could end in “an accumulation of errors within the viral genome resulting in inhibition of replication,” also called viral error disaster.
The drug reduces viral load within the early levels of Covid-19, decreasing dangers of extreme signs and demise.