There is an acute shortage of equipment for testing for the coronavirus in the country's regions. This is despite the fact that the Danish medicines agency on Wednesday guaranteed that it would not be a problem.
the Lack means, among other things, that the health workforce in the Region of southern denmark and central denmark no longer can be tested - and in the country's other regions, the staff in the health service, care of older people and in the stakes for the socially disadvantaged, who have easy to moderate symptoms, not get a test.
It was the otherwise guaranteed earlier in the week in the national board of Health guidelines - and the lack of testing may in the long term, lead to shortages, among other things, because that can go a longer time before, that the staff can be raskmeldt.
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the Reason is in the following regions, to an expected delivery of reagents(tubes) from the pharmaceutical company Roche Diagnostics to test did not come. At home, there are two systems from Roche.
A so-called COBAS 6800 system, which stands at the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, Odense university Hospital and Aarhus university Hospital in Skejby.
At the country's other hospitals is a FLOW system, to test - and it is those that lack the reagents, as is the glass of a swab or scrape, comes down in.
Lægemiddelstyrens director Thomas Senderovitz guaranteed otherwise last Wednesday opposite the finance.dk, that was quite plenty of equipment in stock:
- With this increased diagnostic capacity, we have plenty to deal with covid-19-the work and the epidemic, which is coming now. So unless there is something completely unforeseen, so have and will we have the capacity to test them, which should be tested.
Thomas Senderovitz praised also Roche to have a handle on the situation:
- Roche is a company that has been on the field a long time, and has the most widely used system, and which also has the capacity to increase production. It was also there, where previously there was a little kapacitetsudfordringer, but now they have increased the production of the common systems. Then the capacity is even better than before, and we even have reservemuligheder, but I think it's not necessary, insured Senderovitz to finance.dk.
From the Danish medicines agency will not comment on the deficiency and the director's opinions, but refers instead to the Danish Health and medicines authority. Ekstra Bladet is awaiting a response from the agency.
At Roche Diagnostics tells Communication - and PR-manager Lars Berendt about the lack of delivery.
- We do understand the frustration out on the hospitals, and we share the. Demand for the materials is on a global level increased by 1000 percent over the past weeks. And it is precisely the uncertain leveringssituation do, that we fail to disclose the expected leveringstal out to the individual hospitals and regions but only the confirmed number at the national level. We maximize all the way around on the production and the supply chain.
Lars Berendt will also inform you first on Monday can say when that can be delivered to the FLOW-systems, i.e. right now, the missing reagents:
- It is difficult to be precise about the number of the in demand consumer goods FLOW system, which is more widespread in hospitals across the country, because here there is talk about both the tests and the necessary consumables, but we expect to get the necessary information on Monday, says Lars Berendt.
When it comes to the COBAS system, which is in Odense, Aarhus and Copenhagen, so expect Roche, that may also come challenges here:
We had delivered 12,000 of the completely new tests for use on the cobas 6800 systems at the three hospitals on Wednesday. The number is adequate for the demand the first week, and they are already up and running. Friday we got notification that the next delivery will be of 6,000 kits, and we foresee that the demand for the new test will exceed production, " says Lars Berendt.
Danish Regions on Saturday announced that there working feverishly to ensure that supplies come.