MEDICATION SHORTAGE ALERT
Chemists are struggling to supply patients with the medicines they have been prescribed, reportedly due to exports and a lack of raw materials
CASTELLÓN province pharmacists are warning that they are having trouble issuing enough doses of up to 416 medicines.
The Official College of Pharmacists has raised concern over the situation. Just several weeks ago, chemists were struggling to provide 371 types of medicine, so it is a situation which is worsening rapidly.
They warn that, even though this is an issue that is being felt across the country, the extent to which it is affecting Castellón is becoming troublesome.
They explain this is due to ‘exporting medicines from Spain to other countries and a lack of raw materials’, adding that prices are regulated in Spain, but that there is freedom of movement for goods across the EU, so it is enticing to export said products.
College representatives say that this problem is usually solved either by issuing different medicines with the same active ingredients, or the same brand, but in an alternate form, i.e. pills instead of syrup. However, a majority of people go to the chemist with a doctor’s prescription – meaning they can only be given one specific item. This makes them have to go back to the doctor and get another prescription for a medicine that the chemist has in stock in order to not have to pay the full price, which extends the whole process, giving the health issue time to worsen, while further clogging up the health system with appointments that should not be necessary.