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November 2020 - Newsletter #3

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Drug Shortage Concerns Rise Again as Pandemic Spreads and Lockdowns Begin

Do you know someone who is delaying medical care due to the pandemic? See what our Healthcare Ambassador, Dr. Brynna Connor, says about this in our Ask the Doctor section.

As coronavirus infections accelerate again in the United States and new lockdowns are being imposed in various parts of Europe, including regions we source prescription drugs from, we encourage customers to be aware of the heightened risk of more drug shortages. Our own direct experience, media articles and scholarly journals are all confirming this. Below we share our advice on how our customers get ahead of the problem.

What is Causing Drug Shortages During the Pandemic?

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.

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".

A recent abstract of a journal article referenced in PharmTech.com says, "[a] rapid increase in the demand for [certain] drugs, coupled with production and supply interruptions related to the pandemic, and trade bans imposed by foreign manufactures were contributing factors to the shortages.

Other factors, such as quality-related production delays, lack of manufacturing capacity, raw materials shortages, or business decisions to stop making a drug are familiar causes for shortages."

Getting Ahead of Drug Shortages

NorthWestPharmacy.com newsletters have reported that warnings about drug shortages that are piling up from countries all over the world, including the United States, and for drugs across multiple classes. We have also explained how you have a distinct advantage during times of drug shortages through NorthWestPharmacy.com's multi-region sourcing as well as what happens if your drug is out of stock from all available sources.

So please help us help you to get ahead of drug shortages as the next wave of the pandemic spreads while export bans and lockdowns are expected to exacerbate challenges in acquiring inventories in the near future. 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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