Supply Chain Issues Lead To Prescription Drug Shortages
If you're having problems filling your prescriptions, you are not alone. Unfortunately, there is a huge issue with pharmacy supply chains around the globe and the impact has created a shortage on of hundreds of well-known prescription drugs. In recent months there's been supply chain issues on everything from clothes to food, and now, prescription medications.
Some pharmacies are running out of prescription drugs that people take daily for cancer treatment, heart conditions and insulin. Other daily medications people need on a daily bases like antibiotics, Adderall, oxycodone and hydroxychloroquine. According to the FDA, there are roughly 111 prescription drugs on backorder.
Though the problem is widespread, it is not happening to every pharmacy. It depends on where you go, but supply and demand are playing a roll in big chains coming up short like CVS, Walgreens and others. Some pharmacy outlets have reported various medical like walkers and wheelchairs have been greatly impacted by the supply problems. The FDA released a formal statement on the matter and said,
"The FDA is actively monitoring drug availability and we are committed to working with our public health partners, manufacturers and distributors to help mitigate shortages and make help ensure continued patient access to vital safe and effective drugs."
Drug Shortages can occur for many reasons says the FDA. There could be manufacturing, quality problems, delays, and discontinuations. Manufacturers provide FDA with most of the drug shortage info, and they work together to prevent or reduce the impact of shortages to consumers. Shortage notifications and updates may be reported to FDA at firstname.lastname@example.org. Meanwhile, if you are concerned about not having access to your medication, look at the prescription shortage database to see if your prescription is listed.
Consult with your doctor about the availability of your medications. A lot of times they have more pull than what you need.