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Some EU countries are on the verge of shortages of certain drugs used for treating the novel coronavirus, the European Medicines Agency said Tuesday in a statement.

The hospitals are running out of medicines mostly used in intensive care units, including certain anesthetics, antibiotics, and muscle relaxants, as well as medicines used off-label for COVID-19.

Medicine shortages have already occurred in the past few years, but recent coronavirus measures have aggravated the situation.

The pharmaceutical industry and hospitals are struggling to keep up with demand due to border closures and export bans, as well as lockdowns of local factories.

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