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risk of shortage of essential drugs

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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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