Bachem lifts Propofol production to 24/7 as pandemic hikes demand

ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss drug ingredients maker Bachem has begun round-the-clock production of Propofol as worldwide demand for the medicine that helps sedate mechanically ventilated patients has skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to expanding Propofol production at its facility in Vionnaz in southern Switzerland, Bachem said on Monday that it is also investing about 1 million Swiss francs ($1.03 million) in additional equipment to guarantee supply capacity.

Reporting by John Miller; editing by Thomas Seythal

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