The drugs being used in hospitals for inpatient care for Covid have raised their cost by more than 300 percent.
Alfonso García Villanueva, medical deputy delegate of the ISSSTE in Durango, acknowledged that at this time the consumption of special drugs such as sedatives are widely used in hospitals to care for Covid patients, because all intubated patients must be sedated.
“Right now a box of sedatives is costing us up to 300 times more expensive than at the beginning of the year, and everything is due to supply and demand, the higher the demand, the higher the cost,” he said.
But he made it clear that this increased cost is mainly due to intermediaries, not laboratories.
The rest of the drugs used to care for Covid patients have also increased their original cost by more than 100 percent.
He explained that usually the medicine is sent from central offices, but when it is finished and the new shipment has not arrived, the administrative sub-delegation of the ISSSTE has to get them.
“Let’s say that between 80 and 90 percent of the drugs we use to serve Covid areas comes to us from central offices, the remaining 10 to 20 percent are purchased from here,” he said.
And regarding the use of medications such as sedatives, García Villanueva mentioned that the stock that was normally had for a year at the Ramón y Cajal hospital, is now used in a couple of weeks.
“Of that magnitude is the use and acquisition of drugs within a hospital with Covid patients, it is not easy, but we have to respond,” he said.
Medications to keep patients intubated by Covid sedated have raised their cost by more than 300 percent.
Central offices of the ISSSTE send between 80 and 90 percent of the drugs for Covid patients, the rest is purchased here.
The stock of sedatives that were used in a whole year at the Ramón y Cajal hospital is now being used up in a couple of weeks.
Durango, Medicines, increase in medicines