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Situation Update - India COVID-19

Becky Malcolm

Covid Cases in India

Anvils' Chief Medical Officer – Dr Juliane Kause updates on the COVID-19 situation in India and the support available from the Anvil Assist team.

We have learned from our medical team in India that there is a great deal of misinformation and false advertising in the national newspapers regarding COVID-19 protocols, and this is creating a sense of panic and confusion over the best way to stay safe.

To protect yourself and others, we advise people to stay at home if sick and follow all the social distancing measures.

As most people do not have a medical background, to help with the confusion about prescriptions and medication for COVID-19, we have produced the following medication guide providing a little more detail.

Prescription only medications do not work in the treatment of COVID-19. They also have significant unwanted side-effects and can only be given in hospital.

Below is a list of medicines that work and a list of medicines that don’t work.

Medicines that work alleviating COVID-19 symptoms:

Available over the counter

  • Paracetamol/Tylenol

Available on prescription:

  • Prednisolone
  • Methylprednisolone
  • Dexamethasone
Medicines that don’t work:

The following are prescription only.
  • Antibiotics (doxycycline/azithromycin) – COVID is a viral infection, antibiotics only treat bacterial infection
  • Ivermectin (used to treat worm infections) more information here 
  • Tocilizumab (stops the immune system from working), is usually used to treat arthritis, can lead to fatal infection with other organisms, should only be used by experts in hospitals 
  • Remdesvir (antiviral drug, can shorten the time to recovery), but does not “cure” COVID and has many side effects 
  • Vitamin B12 injections – there has been a lot in the press about this without medical evidence that this saves lives.

Dr Juliane has spent much of the last 12 months directly treating patients on the COVID ward at Southampton General Hospital in the UK. She is an experienced clinician and would not prescribe the prescription medicines listed above for any of the COVID-19 patients she has been caring for; neither would our medical colleagues in India.

Please note - all medications, medical devices and medical tests, including vaccines, are subject to local medication licencing laws – even if a medication is approved in the USA, it cannot be exported to a country where it is not approved.

If you are in any doubt over the medications that you can and can’t take and how they will help in the treatment of COVID-19, please contact the Anvil Assist team for advice and support.

Additionally, we are able to offer the following equipment and support for organisations looking to purchase provisions and access assistance with COVID-19 safety to protect their people.

Medical Equipment

  • Oxygen concentrators, including a user manual, maintenance manual, clinical instructions for health care professionals and non-health care professionals, associated tubing/masks and travel adaptors (US 110V, India 230V)
  • Oxygen concentrators with pulse oximeters; a superior package, as oxygen saturations can be measured to guide oxygen therapy. This package can be used for remote treatments under the guidance of local doctors or the Anvil medical team.
  • Oxygen concentrators with pulse oximeters and telemedicine virtual treatment in a “virtual Anvil hospital”, which includes medical treatment provided by Anvil doctors in the shape of a virtual hospital. We have gained a great deal of experience in providing such care remotely and safely during the UK pandemic waves.

    COVID tests
  • PCR tests
  • Lateral flow tests
  • Antibody tests

  • Three ply disposable face masks
  • Gloves
  • Aprons
  • Hand sanitiser

    Written medical advice
  • Health fact sheets: COVID self-care instructions, vaccination information etc.
  • Individualised location/person COVID care plans and specialised ‘Medical Emergency Response Plans’.

    Workplace COVID-19 risk assessments
  • Based on HSE guidance or additionally to Department of Health and hospital standards.
  • Return to work health screening for employees to identify those at increased risk of severe COVID-19 disease.

    IMPORTANT: we are unable to supply or prescribe oxygen cylinders, because:
  • The gauges are different
  • They require refilling, putting further pressure on oxygen providers
  • They are pressurised and an explosion hazard
  • They require transport licences as they are pressurised
  • They are a health and safety hazard (very heavy and roll around)
  • Titration of oxygen dose is difficult without additional attachments
Oxygen is a prescription only medicine, a treatment that must be prescribed by a doctor and is not licensed for sale to the general public. A prescription medication is a licensed medicine that is regulated by law to necessitate a medical prescription before it can be obtained.

We are unable to supply COVID-19 vaccines:
Supplies are only sold directly to governments and public health departments. We are not able to guarantee cold chain transportation from Europe/USA to India. Should this change, it will be communicated. Currently, all vaccines, even those which have not yet been produced have been sold a year in advance (May 2022).

Please contact or call +44 (0)20 7938 4221 for immediate assistance.