What has caused the shortages?
It’s not primarily a case of increased demand, rather the shortage has been caused in large part by a shortage of material needed to produce the medicines in question.
CEO of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies, Dr Leyla Hannbeck, said: “We are trying hard to ensure patients get their medicines and we don’t want people to worry, but it’s an absolute nightmare in the already overstretched pharmacies that are battling big challenges with workforce pressures.
“They get desperate and get their hands on medicines from the internet, where it is not safe. We don’t know why the Government is not responding swiftly enough to tackle the issue.”
In response to Hannbeck’s statement, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Care said: “We routinely share information about medicine supply issues directly with the NHS so they can put plans in place to reduce the risk of any shortage impacting patients, including offering alternative medication.”
Published at Tue, 16 Aug 2022 14:15:17 +0000