France mobilizes to increase the supply of essential drugs

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“The tensions and anxiety felt by the doctors (around the shortages) are very real,” said Philippe. “We are fighting hour after hour to make sure that we can respond to this incredible and unprecedented increase in consumption. “

Doctors in France said the levels of morphine and antibiotics, among other drugs, were alarming.

European Union countries would have access to the drugs they needed to treat people with coronavirus, block industry chief Thierry Breton said Thursday, adding that pharmaceutical companies are doubling production to address shortages .

The CEO of French drug maker Sanofi told Reuters on Thursday that the company was manufacturing at more than 93% of its capacity during the pandemic and was producing too much to try to solve supply problems.

(Reporting by Marine Pennetier and Sarah White; Editing by Stephen Coates)

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