risk of shortage of essential drugs

In the city and in the hospital, in intensive care and palliative care, caregivers must find alternatives.

Three types of essential drugs in intensive care could be affected by the shortage: sedatives; morphine derivatives; and curares.
Three types of essential drugs in intensive care could be affected by the shortage: sedatives; morphine derivatives; and curares. BELMONTE / BSIP via AFP

Less than 24 hours: this is the stock of certain essential resuscitation and palliative care drugs that some of the 39 Ile-de-France public hospitals-Paris hospitals (AP-HP) had on Monday April 6, according to an internal document in the Ile-de-France regional health agency. “Trade between health establishments is working but overall stocks are decreasing”, said the note, adding that a “Stock recovered from veterinarians will be allocated quickly”. In the absence of sufficient supplies, certain resuscitation services in the Ile-de-France will therefore have to resort to products intended for animals, as provided for in a decree published last week. A measure that does not question the quality of care (these drugs are also effective) but reveals the seriousness of the situation.

Three types of medication are essential in resuscitation: sedatives, such as midazolam, to immerse the patient in an artificial coma; morphine derivatives,

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