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November 2020 - Newsletter #1

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"More Drug Shortages Are Inevitable Unless We Act Now": Faculty of Pharmacy Scientist at UofT

Millions are avoiding their doctors during the pandemic. Our Healthcare Ambassador, Brynna Connor, MD, discusses the serious implications of this and how to safely get medical care in our Ask the Doctor feature.

In an Op-Ed article just published in Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper, "More drug shortages are inevitable unless we act now", a scientist and Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy with the University of Toronto, Mina Tadrous says:

By early 2020, no major solutions for [drug] shortages had been presented and it was clear the problem was getting worse. Then came COVID. As with toilet paper, the supply chain for prescription drugs was taxed because of surges in demand associated with panic shopping, exacerbating existing drug shortages and causing new ones. This was made worse by geopolitical actions, with many countries limiting the exportation of some drugs.

He goes on to suggest how the problem could be addressed and notes that, "[t]his problem will not vanish after the pandemic."

There Have Been Renewed Warnings About Drug Shortages and We Continue to Keep You Informed

We hope you have seen our newsletters about drug shortages which we have been reporting on since the pandemic began. Last week we reported that warnings about drug shortages have been piling up from countries all over the world and for drugs across multiple classes. Among these was a report from the University of Minnesota and a story about an American breast cancer patient who could not source medication for her cancer treatment because it is out of stock in the United States.

A recent CNN article on drug shortages notes that, "closed factories, shipping delays or shutdowns and trade limitations or export bans have severely impacted the supply side of the chain".

Your Advantage During Times of Drug Shortages

So many people have learned they have a distinct advantage during times of drug shortages through because, for more than a decade, we've built a trusted, vetted and licensed supply network which spans multiple countries from which we source products from. If there is a shortage in one region, we will shift sourcing to another region that has available supply. When customers could not acquire their vital medicines locally or anywhere else in many instances during the pandemic, we have been able to quickly source them and at lower prices from one or more of our approved suppliers and get them on their way to the customers. In fact, we have available the drug that the above referenced breast cancer patient could not acquire locally in the United States.

Despite our robust sourcing capabilities, however, there have been prescription drugs that were out of stock worldwide during the pandemic and despite our best efforts in such cases, medication may be unavailable. While we are working hard to anticipate inventory needs and secure difficult to source products as the next significant wave of Covid-19 is spreading, we are mindful that we cannot anticipate and adjust for every circumstance.

Please Help Us Help You

So please help us help you to get your medications to you. The best thing you can do to help secure inventory for your medications is to order well in advance. This gives us more time, if necessary, to procure what might be difficult to source inventory and get it shipped to you well before you are going to run out of your supply at home. We encourage customers who may need medications in the coming months to place their orders now.

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