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Shortage of drugs having a serious impact on primary care

October 07, 2019

According to information gleaned from a drug tracker, more than 100 drugs regularly prescribed by GPs are now out of stock, and this is forcing patients to ‘chop and change’ between medicines. The tracker showed that a total of 106 products were unavailable earlier this month, while a further 50 drugs that were recently out of stock are now pack in pharmacies. According to GP leaders, drug availability is changing almost every week. This situation is impacting on the workload of practices because patients are having to schedule additional appointments to request alternative prescriptions and visit multiple pharmacies to look for one that has the medicine they need in stock.