Athens, 25.8.2020

The Pharmaceutical Industry DEMO following the lethal explosion in early August, in Beirut, Lebanon,  instantly responded to the IFET’s (Institute of Pharmaceutical Research & Technology) request and on August 17th, sent 16 palettes of hospital pharmaceutical supplies of a total worth of 460,000 Euros to the International Service for Development Cooperation (STT), to Lebanon.

We note, that the deadly double explosion occurred on August 4, at “Warehouse 12” of the Beirut port and was caused by 2,750 tons of nitric ammonia. More than 180 people have lost their lives from the explosion at the port of Lebanon’s capital, 6,700 are injured, while the damages are estimated to amount to billions of euros. The needs of the residents and of the nursing Personnel of Beirut are great, given that half of the city’s hospitals have been ruined. In addition to that, during these last weeks, Lebanon faces an increase in infection cases due to the SARS-COV-2, with the total amount of cases to have reached 9,337, since the apparition of the virus at the country at the end of February. Among these, 105 people have succumbed due to COVID-19.

DEMO, as one of the leading factories in the production of injectables in Europe since 1965, is mainly active in the local and international hospital market and it exports to 85 countries. The company exports the 82.4% of its annual production while it is internationally acclaimed as one of the official suppliers of the United Nations, UNICEF, the World Health Organization, the Doctors without Borders and the International Red Cross. The International Sales department of DEMO is in the market since 1985 and throughout all these years it has repeatedly contributed humanitarian help either to war zones through International Organizations, or to other natural disasters, by sending pharmaceutical supplies. 

The supplies for the Lebanese hospitals and the patients’ treatment are sent by a special flight with a C130 military plane, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.