Many of you are stockpiling or resorting to overseas access to get required medications for patients

AJP has received a great deal of feedback regarding our story on medicines shortages.

“There’s not a day when there’s not a medicine somebody needs that we don’t have,” a pharmacist told researchers from the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Pharmacy, who conducted interviews with 20 NSW community pharmacists in 2015.

According to their findings, published in the International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy, medicine shortages and the effort required to supply the required medications are significantly contributing to pharmacists’ workloads and stress levels.

All participants reported having encountered a shortage within their practice and unanimously agreed that shortages were on the rise.

Workarounds ranged from simple brand substitution to more complicated, time-consuming methods.