​​​​Development of medicines and vaccines against covid-19

In the EU, five vaccines are currently approved. The global medicine authorities are all in close dialogue with researchers and pharmaceutical companies that want to develop medicines, including vaccines, for covid-19. This also applies to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), to which Norway is affiliated. 

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Medicine rationing​

The Norwegian health authorities have introduced rationing of vital medicines in order to ensure fair distribution of medicines to prevent stockpiling.

See more information in Norwegian.

Safe use of medicines

Talk to a doctor about correct use of medicines if you have contracted covid-19 or are afraid of contracting it. At the time of writing, there are no approved medicines for use to treat covid-19 outside a hospital setting. Any websites offering medicines for covid-19 are fraudulent.

  • Do not take any medicines to treat covid-19 without talking to a doctor first.
  • Do not use medicines for other conditions to treat covid-19 without talking to a doctor first. This applies to both prescription medicines and products that can be purchased over the counter.​ 

Only purchase medicines from Norwegian pharmacies or online pharmacies that have been approved by the healt authorities. For a list of approved online pharmacies in Norway, click here.

Export of medicines requires approval from the Norwegian Medicines Agency 

Wholesalers must submit an application to the Norwegian Medicines Agency before they are permitted to export medicines out of Norway. The Norwegian Medicines Agency requires three days to process the application before granting export of medicines.​

The Norwegian Medicines Agency is authorised to prohibit parallel export of medicines in situations where there is reason to believe that this will result in a lack of access to medicines in Norway​. See more information in Norwegian.

Emergency stocks of medicines

The health authorities have signed agreements with the three largest pharmaceutical wholesalers regarding extension of their stocks, and have requested that they purchase medicines that are critical for the public health service. See more information in Norwegian.

Important medicines required to support patients being treated for covid-19

The Norwegian Medicines Agency, in cooperation with clinical experts, has prepared a list of medicines that may be required to treat covid-19 patients, and which we expect to be in increased demand. See more information in Norwegian.​​

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