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Monday, 2 August 2021

Covid-19 drugs are becoming scarce as Indonesia faces its second wave of Covid-19. Pharmaceutical companies reportedly halted distribution after the health ministry set the maximum retail price limits (HET) for Covid medicines. In several areas, traders and pharmacies are hoarding the drugs.

Pharmacist shows one of the Covid-19 drugs at a pharmacy in Manado, North Sulawesi, July 25. Residents who want to buy one of 11 types of Covid medicines now must bring doctor’s prescription to maintain the availability of limited drug stocks, as well as to prevent scalping. Antara/Adwit B Pramono . tempo : 168627424025_

THROUGH Instagram, Indriani Puspaningtyas spoke of her experience finding scarce Covid-19 drugs on Friday, July 9. Her post was replied to by messages offering the meds. But the prices offered shocked the 30-year-old woman. Avigan and remdesivir, for example, are offered for Rp8 million and Rp20 million. “The prices are extremely expensive,” Indriani told Tempo on Thursday, July 29.

Indriani, a resident of Petemon, Surabaya, East Jav


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