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Transplanted Venezuelan patients resort to veterinary drugs

Hundreds of Venezuela patients are faced with a critical situation: their treatment cannot be interrupted not even for a day, as they could lose the kidney or liver for which they waited for years

EL UNIVERSAL
Friday August 07, 2015  04:08 PM
Prednisone and Cellcept, immunosuppressive drugs to avoid rejection of transplanted organs, disappeared from Venezuelan public and private pharmacies since early July, patients told AFP.

Consequently, hundreds of patients are faced with a critical situation: their treatment cannot be interrupted not even for a day, as they could lose the kidney or liver for which they waited for years.

"When (human) prednisone ran out, everybody started to look for the canine drug," reported the President of the Venezuelan Pharmaceutical Federation (Fefarven), Freddy Ceballos.

The government refuses to air shortages numbers since February 2014 and denies lack of prednisone, arguing that a shipment of 1.2 million tablets arrived from Cuba in July. However, the authorities admitted that two other drugs for transplanted patients are currently under importation process.

Shortages hit 70%

According to the President of the Venezuelan Medical Federation, Douglas León Natera, many patients are "looking for antibiotics, steroids, and topical medication for skin diseases in pet stores."

The Federation reported that shortage of medicines in Venezuela hit 70%.

Translated by Andreína Trujillo
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