This is Australia, we are used to the supermarket shelves full of food, take it for granted that electricity flows to our home, and our health system has medication to treat people. This, unfortunately, is no longer the case. And we can’t simply blame Covid-19.
The medication supply chain is a global giant, consisting chemical manufacturers (who make the raw ingredients), drug manufacturers (who turn the ingredients onto medications), international distributers (who package and sell the medications internationally), national wholesalers, buying groups (such as banner groups and pharmacy chains), hospitals and community pharmacies.
This medication supply chain is under immense pressure at the moment, for the following reasons;
Both Community Pharmacies and Hospitals have been experiencing these problems for years, although it is only with the advent of Covod-19 local community pharmacies find themselves at increasingly unable to supply medicines as prescribed. This means that pharmacists have little choice but to contact the prescriber for an alternative medication, which can result in lengthy waits at the pharmacy and fluctuations in the cost of medicines.
What can you do about it?
Fortunately, many prescription medications are inexpensive to produce. Once the global economy enters the post-Covid era, market forces will eventually correct the global supply chain distribution of medicines back to Australia. Unfortunately, this process can take months to years before the effects are realised at a local level.
If you have any queries regarding your medicines, please do not hesitate to reach out and contact us.
Pharmacist – Amcal Coffs Harbour
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