HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Drug stores in Kathmandu Valley will run out of stock of essential drugs if the strike continues for some more days said pharmacists today.
They have warned of acute shortage of medicine within this week if the drug supply situation does not improve.
Parash Mani Baral, president of Nepal Chemists and Druggists Association (NCDA) said they have not been able to import and distribute life-saving drugs in the market. He said it would be impossible to bring drugs for blood pressure, asthma, heart diseases, oxygen cylinders, and insulin in large volumes as it would be hard to preserve them in a favourable environment.
Baral cautioned that the condition would worsen as the stock of medicines were being depleted due to unavailability of transportation and insecurity of pharmaceuticals companies.
We are urging protesters to allow vehicles carrying medicine to ply, said Baral. According to NCDC, Indian drugs cover 70 per cent of the total market and it has not imported any medicine for the last one week. Nepal imports medicine worth around Rs 16 billion medicine from India annually and 60 per cent of the drugs are distributed inside Kathmandu valley, said NCDC.