Supply shortages concern pharmacist
A Berwick pharmacist has raised concerns about medicine shortages over the winter.
The issue was highlighted by Rohit Nayyar, owner of independent Castlegate Pharmacy.
He revealed: “Over the last four to five months, many commonly dispensed medicines have all of a sudden become out of stock due to a number of factors and this has resulted in many patients throughout Berwick being unable to access vital medication.
“At Castlegate, we have minimised the impact of this as we have seven major suppliers so our patients have not been affected as much.
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“Patients from other pharmacies in the area, however, have not been as lucky. We had a lot of patients join Castlegate Pharmacy over November and December as Boots and Lloyds were unable to acquire basic medicines such as irbesartan, a medicine taken for blood pressure.”
The impact of stock shortages can have a substantial effect on patients, community pharmacies and the NHS.
It is understood at least 100 drugs have been affected by supply problems which have cost the NHS £180million in six months, forcing health officials to approve temporary price rises of up to 4,000 per cent to boost stock. Labour MPs and charities are among those demanding an investigation into problems.