Drugs’ “Shortage of Supply’ List Widens, Pharmacists Struggle to Obtain Common Medicines

The problems are expected to increase for the consumers as pharmacists have warned a surge in the shortage of commonly used medicines, such as anti-depressants and painkillers. According to the pharmacists they are facing difficulties in obtaining many highly used medicines, and their struggle will get worsen over time.

This arising issue is leaving patients cribbing like a cry baby about the delays in accessing drugs, which is further prompting pharmacists to pay over the odds for generally used medicines. A huge rise has been witnessed in the number of medicines on the ‘shortage of supply’ list for England.

According to medical sources, there are around 80 drugs currently on the short supply list, for which the Department of Health has agreed to pay extra. Pharmacists continue to find the reasons why this has happened, and are worried about the concerns pertaining to the uncertainty over Brexit, as it will only worsen the existing scenario. The industry is expected to witness a huge shortage in common medicines, which will be further followed by the hike in prices. Shortage is also palpable for OTC medicines, which are reeling from the situation.

Besides, there are concerns around the impact of this worsening situation over the ability of some pharmacies to deliver medicines, which would further add to the NHS expenses. Similar shortages have been witnessed by pharmacies and patients in Northern Ireland, Wales, and Scotland.

Such a worsening scenario in the pharmacy and healthcare industry will have a significant impact on the patients, as a patient in need of common drug would have to struggle harder to get a hold on it.

Amid such a worrisome scenario, pharmacists continue to look for options and strategies to tackle and handle the growing number of visitors asking for the medicines currently on the ‘shortage of supply’ list. Many pharmacists are sending the customers back empty-handed to their GPs to ask for some other dosage or medicine. While others are providing as many drugs as they can manage and can spare to the patients, and are sending the rest away with I owe you notes.

Medical institutes and pharmacists are advising the patients to get their medical box refilled well in time, or to ensure they get prescriptions to the pharmacist in good time. In most of the cases, there is a good chance of adopting an alternative, however, in the serious conditions such as epilepsy, substitutes won’t work as patients need to be on specific medication.

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