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Mauritius sees alarming shortage in essential and off-the-shelf medicines

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Mauritius sees alarming shortage in essential and off-the-shelf medicines

Mauritius faces ‘dire’ shortage of around 80 medicines, doctors and pharmacists have warned, as they call for a national strategy to prevent the situation getting worse.

Drugs such as Maxillase, Diclowal, Doliprane, Zithromax, Augmentin, Voltaren, Piriton, including liquid paracetamol for children are among the drugs listed as being out of stock.

Private pharmacies said they are offering patients generic products as substitute or generic drugs. Public hospitals are reportedly facing the same problem, but to a lesser extent.

While the shortage of forex is not equally helping, increasing difficulties are being faced with manufacturers/distributors who are faced with the scarcity of certain raw materials on the world market.

So says Siddique Khodabocus, president of Small and Medium Pharmaceutical Manufacturers. “It’s complicated for pharmacists because patients demand branded drugs and are not willing to go for generics, which are just as effective,” he said.

However, the use of the generic drugs are not preferred by doctors.

“It’s quite edgy to offer a certain treatment when the drug that is usually prescribed for such treatment is not available. Not all substitute or generics are identical and do not have the same effectiveness as branded products. All we can hope for is that the generic medications we suggest work as they should and bring relief,” said Dr Bassoodev Goolaub, a general practitioner.

For Siddique Khodabocus, the solution to the shortage of medicines lies in parallel importation, that is the supply of the same product, from another country than where it is produced.

Public hospitals, according to Defi Media, are facing the same constraint. However, they are said to have the possibility of buying the drugs from the local market, if available, until orders placed by the Ministry of Health reach the island.

Hereunder the list of medicines that are out of stock, according to Defi Media:

1. Maxillase tabs 
2. Maxillase syrup 
3. Instalase tabs 
4. Megamylase tabs 
5. Megamylase syrup 
6. Medflu syrup 
7. Medflu tabs
8. Diclowal 25 suppo, 
9. Diclowal 12.5 suppo 
10. Voltaren 25 suppo 
11. Voltaren 100 suppo 
12. Propranolol 40 
13. Bromocriptine 
14. Doliprane syrup 
15. Panadol syrup 
16. Premarin vag cream 
17. Celestene drops 
18. Betastene drop
19. Ventolin nebules 
20. Pulmorest nebules 
21. Atrovent nebules 
22. Zithromax syrup 30 ml 
23. Zithromax syrup 15 ml 
24. Zithromax tabs 
25. Zimax tabs 
26. Augmentin bdsf 
27. Augmentin bds syrup 
28. Julmentin 457 syrup 
29. Febricol tabs 
30. Duofilm 
31. Verrufilm 
32. Oroken enfant syrup 
33. Doliprane 100 mg suppo 
34. Doliprane 150 mg suppo 
35. Doliprane 300 suppo 
36. Doliprane 1000 mg suppo 
37. Voltfaast sachets 
38. Voltaren injection 
39. Histalix syrup 
40. Histalix sugar free 
41. Histalix infant 
42. Histalix enfant 
43. Piriton syrup 
44. Piriton expectorant 
45. Zyrtec syrup 
46. Proctosedyl ointment 
47. Anodesyn ointment 
48. Preparation ointment 
49. Bactrim syrup 
50. Lagatrim syrup 
51. L-trim syrup 
52. Septrim syrup 
53. Panfurex syrup 
54. Ercefuryl caps 
55. Ercefuryl syrup 
56. Kofol syrup 
57. Soludone 5 mg 
58. Lazoran syrup 
59. Strepsils 
60. Medikeel gargle 
61. Difflam spray 
62. Difflam gargle 
63. Difflam lozenges
64. Angised 
65. Angilingual 
66. Olbas oil 
67. Olbas inhaler 
68. Olbas lozenges 
69. Axcel paracetamol 125 syrup 
70. Axcel paracetamol 250 syrup 
71. Turbovas cp 
72. Denk air 5 mg 
73. Singular 4 mg 
74. Singular 5 mg

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