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Rush to pharmacies leads to medication rationing in Macau

Macau will limit, as of today, the purchase of medication in pharmacies in the territory, which is facing the biggest outbreak of covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, announced the Institute for Pharmaceutical Supervision and Administration (ISAF).

“There is still supply pressure in relation to compound medicines for flu and colds, antitussives and expectorants, and currently the situation of tight supply of medicines is also happening in neighboring regions”, can be read in a statement released today by ISAF.

For this reason, continued the institute, given “the evolution of demand for some medicines and anti-epidemic products on the market” and in order to better respond to the needs of the population, the body established, with immediate effect, restrictions on the purchase of medicines.

Thus, “with each purchase” the acquisition of a box or bottle of analgesics and antipyretics, a box or bottle of anti-flu medicines, a box or bottle of cough medicines and ten doses of rapid antigen tests is allowed. (RAT).

Macau, which like the interior of China followed the ‘zero covid’ policy, betting on mass testing, confinement of risk zones and quarantines, recently announced the cancellation of most prevention and containment measures, after almost three years of the strict restrictions.

Over the weekend, ISAF had already pointed out that Macau and neighboring regions were facing a shortage of medicines and anti-epidemic products, warning community pharmacies “not to raise prices for nothing when supplying medicines” and anti-epidemic products and suggesting limit measures purchase of these goods, to respond to demand.

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