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November 2020 - Newsletter #9

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Drug Shortage Update: "A Matter of National Security"

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As the next wave of Covid-19 infections accelerate around the world, NorthWestPharmacy.com has been informing customers about the heightened risk of more drug shortages as well as the spiking prices for raw materials and ingredients needed to manufacture drug products which could logically cause finished drug prices to soon rise.

Now the American Medical Association says "that a spike in COVID-19 cases has caused an increase in national drug shortages that threaten patient care and safety" and it is urging the federal government to consider drug shortages as "a matter of national security", as reported in Becker's Hospital Review. Becker's Hospital Review lists the AMA's top five drug classes currently shorted in the United States to be central nervous system drugs, antimicrobials, cardiovascular medications, ophthalmic agents and chemotherapy agents. (The last category should come as no surprise to readers of this newsletter who followed our report on a cancer patient in South Carolina whose cancer treatment was unavailable.)

… "'[w]e know that Covid-19 is likely to continue to have global impacts on medicine manufacturing and supply chains for the remainder of 2020 and beyond'".

Similar to the first wave of the pandemic, it is not just the United States that faces drug shortages now; this problem is a global one. New Zealand reminds us all of the drug shortage issues numerous regions faced during the first wave and which experts are concerned may repeat now.

In an article published Friday that is titled, “Medicine shortages could worsen as Christmas looms over busy ports", the New Zealand news outlet, Stuff, reports that, "[m]ost of New Zealand's medicines and medical devices are imported and a number of medications are out of stock, including oral contraceptives and antidepressants, as air freight movement collapses and global supply chains are disrupted.”

The Chief Executive of their government's medicines buying agency says, "'[t]hese are problems globally.'" She warns, "'[w]e know that Covid-19 is likely to continue to have global impacts on medicine manufacturing and supply chains for the remainder of 2020 and beyond'".

Help Us Help You to Get Ahead of Drug Shortages and Price Increases

So please help us help you to get ahead of drug shortages and price increases as the next wave of the pandemic spreads while logistics disruptions, 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 at the current prices 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.

With more than 375,000 customer reviews, NorthWestPharmacy.com is the most reviewed and independently five-star rated online pharmacy in the world providing lower cost medications from abroad to customers worldwide. Nobody offering safe and affordable pharmaceuticals from abroad can match our supply and delivery capacity during this difficult time so please be assured we continue to successfully deliver orders to customers as we have done since the beginning of the pandemic.

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