Swiss government expands powers to force firms to make supplies to fight COVID-19 - (Financial Post via NewsPoints Desk)

  • The Swiss government on Friday boosted its powers to order companies to increase production of critical medical supplies like drugs and protective equipment should more be needed in the fight against COVID-19, as reported Financial Post.

  • Swiss ministers also sought to speed access to drugs that could be used against COVID-19, allowing the drugs to be deployed in hospitals quickly before getting Swissmedic approval.

  • The exceptions cover generic malaria medicine hydroxychloroquine, which has been donated by Novartis, Abbvie’s HIV drug Kaletra, Gilead's experimental remdesivir and Roche’s Actemra, which are all being studied for potential use against coronavirus.

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