(Yicai Global) April 12 — Hospitals and pharmaceutical companies in Shanghai are scrambling to overcome difficulties in prescribing and delivering drugs after the city of 25 million went into lockdown due to recurrent Covid -19.
Pharmacies are well stocked but as most are closed, only a few can supply patients in need, Yicai Global has learned. Additionally, logistics companies and couriers such as SF Express, JD Logistics and China Post have been hit hard since March 24.
Patients who cannot buy medicine online are advised to contact their neighborhood committees and apply for a special permit to come to the hospital for them, or ask for volunteers to pick them up instead.
Zhongshan Hospital, which is affiliated with Fudan University, prescribes drugs online and lets China National Pharmaceutical Group and Shanghai Pharmaceutical Holding staff or community volunteers deliver them, Yicai Global learned from the ‘hospital.
As of yesterday afternoon, its online service had delivered most prescription drugs to areas west of the Huangpu River, as before April 6 it could not send them to the eastern region of the city due to lack of travel permit.
The hospital’s cardiology department has reduced the number of drugs per prescription in order to have enough shortage drugs for critical cases. Medications are delivered by Shanghai Pharmaceutical Holding employees and online customer service staff speak with each patient over the phone before approving the prescription.
Shanghai Pharmaceuticals has been piloting a program since late last month to pick up drugs from hospitals online through its logistics department and deliver them to subdistricts of Pudong New Area and Fengxian District in Shanghai. , which in turn will route them to patients in lockdown communities, the company said via WeChat.
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