Western Norway Regional Health Authority to build emergency stockpile for medicines

Haukeland University HospitalPhoto: Marit Hommedal / NTB
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The Western Norway Regional Health Authority (Helse Vest) is now building a stockpile with six months’ worth of consumption of selected medicines.

The Ministry of Health and Care Services commissioned Helse vest to lead and carry out the stockpile construction on behalf of all the regional health authorities, Helse vest wrote in a press release.

“The stockpile will have selected medicines worth up to six months of normal consumption in the hospitals and the municipal health service,” director Christer Bakke Frantzen in Sjukehusapoteka Vest said.

He says the forecasts are that the stockpile will be filled up during the autumn. It has taken a little longer than planned because the producers had to scale up their production beyond their usual deliveries to the Norwegian market.

In total, the stockpile that Helse vest is now building, as well as the emergency stockpile that the Norwegian Directorate of Health built for the primary health service at the start of the pandemic, will contain medicines worth NOK 1.6 billion.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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