As a part of New Europe’s COVID-19 Livestream sequence, Monika Derecque-Pois, Secretary-General of the European Health Care Distribution Association (GIRP), mentioned the present challenges of distributing medical provides throughout Europe.
GIRP is liable for the yearly wholesale distribution of round 15 billion packs of medicines in addition to a variety of healthcare merchandise to pharmacists in 34 European international locations. With the COVID-19 pandemic, GIRP’s works have been extra important than ever in ensuring the entry to drugs and healthcare merchandise continues amid lockdown measures.
“Before and shortly after the lockdown, we have seen a surge in demand with [some] having tripled the normal volume [of orders],” Derecque-Pois stated. “We have worked around the clock doing night shifts and weekend shifts to bring the medicines due to the surge of demands in pharmacies. Everybody tried to fill their prescriptions or to stock up on self-medication to not go out as often and there was a real peak [as a result].”
Some of the distribution challenges confronted by GIRP have concerned the more durable entry of drivers to international locations going by a lockdown and enhance border management safety. GIRP is in fixed talks with authorities officers to expedite the supply to international locations in want like Italy. The greatest recommendation proper now’s to be aware of others and buy solely what you want.
“We should plead for solidarity. People should only purchase or ask for the medicines they really need because other patients need those medicines. So, no hoarding, be reasonable and just take what is actually needed,” Derecque-Pois stated.
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