GAVINCON, Gujarat — Pharmacy vendors in Gujarat say they have witnessed a surge in drug prices in recent weeks due to the scarcity of medicines.
Saravan Choudhary, who runs a pharmacy in Gaviscon, said the prices of medicines have gone up as a result of a shortage of supplies.
Choudhalary said there was no longer any space in the pharmacy for patients.
Choudhaly said the supply of medicines had increased from 300 units a day to about 500 a day and the supply had reached around 5,000 a day.
He added that prices have gone through the roof.
Siddharth Bhandari, the president of a health centre in Gavaskar, said his pharmacy was not supplying medicines due to a shortage.
He said the centre had lost around 2,000 patients.
Bhandaris said the hospital was now not able to take patients.
The health centre has a waiting list of about 30 patients.
Mihir Sankar, the general manager of a pharmacy and pharmacy supplier, said that the prices have increased because of the shortage of medicine.
He attributed the price hike to an increase in medicines being shipped from neighbouring Gujarat.
Sankar said his suppliers were not selling to the government of Gujarat.
“We have not received any orders from the government for the last one year.
So, there is no supply,” he said.
The state government said it had received around 5.2 lakh medicines for the fiscal, while the Centre said it has received about 2.5 lakh medicines.
The government has said that it is seeking to supply about 2 lakh medicines to the Centre.
The government is also seeking to sell its drugs to private hospitals, which have been reluctant to buy medicines because of a severe shortage of medical supplies.
In the last month, private hospitals have only received about 30,000 medicines.