UK bans parallel exports of key drugs to protect supplies - (This is Money via NewsPoints Desk)

  • The UK Department of Health is prohibiting companies from buying up certain drugs used on intensive care wards and selling them to hospitals in other countries, as reported by This is Money.

  • The export ban applies to 81 products such as analgesics, antibiotics and anaesthetics, according to the news source.

  • These include morphine, fentanyl and ketamine, as well as the surgical anaesthetic propofol, while noradrenalin and the antibiotic clarithromycin, which is used as a treatment for pneumonia, were also on the list.

  • The ban also includes the antimalarial drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, as well as the HIV combination treatment of lopinavir plus ritonavir, all three of which have been used to treat COVID-19 by doctors in China.

  • Separatly, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) said it was rapidly working on guidelines to advise doctors and nurses how best to treat coronavirus patients.

  • NICE will start with advice on how to treat patients in intensive care, those who are having kidney dialysis and those taking chemotherapy, with more detailed guidance to be released in future about treating other types of people.

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