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October 2021 - Newsletter #1

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Pharmacies in UK Suffer Disruption in Drug Supplies

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Just as our last newsletter, “Drug Shortages Predicted to Worsen”, was released, driver and fuel shortages are wreaking havoc on the delivery of pharmaceuticals to pharmacies in the United Kingdom.

“… the whole thing [drug supply disruption] is a shambles really.”

According to the UK’s Telegraph newspaper:

Dimple Bhatia, who runs the Tollesbury pharmacy in rural east Essex, said the disruption was hitting patients and costing pharmacies money.

He said: “We don’t know if we’re getting stock or not. We’ve got urgent medicines to give to patients so we reorder it and then we get two lots in, with one turning up three days late[,] … [t]he whole thing is a shambles, really.”

… ‘[i]t’s worrying [patients], if nothing else. I’ve had a woman in tears this morning who couldn’t get her medicine from her regular pharmacy.’

Another pharmacy owner in the UK, Martin Hewitson, was quoted by the Telegraph as saying, ‘[i]t’s worrying [patients], if nothing else. I’ve had a woman in tears this morning who couldn’t get her medicine from her regular pharmacy.’

Since the United Kingdom is an important source of affordable medicines for our customers, we are paying extra attention to the situation and working hard to continue to ensure supplies of safe and affordable medications from the country for our customers.

You Have an Advantage When It Comes to Prescription Drug Shortages customers have a distinct advantage during times of drug shortages because we have been sourcing products from our approved supply network, which spans several countries, for more than a decade. That way, if there is a shortage in one region for a medication you need, we are often able to quickly shift to one or more of our approved suppliers in other regions to procure your vital prescription drugs and get them on their way to you.

… our customers … were able to get medications through while consumers elsewhere were in a scramble …

Since the pandemic began, many of our customers have experienced firsthand how they were able to get medications through while consumers elsewhere were in a scramble to get those same vital prescription drugs that were unavailable locally and everywhere else they checked. Our procurement team has been working hard to secure continuity and consistency in your medication supply since the pandemic began and we are grateful that these efforts have been paying off.

Our current supply is robust but there are still certain products that cannot be sourced anywhere at this time. We remain in regular communication with customers whose medications are not available, and we do our best to provide the reason for the shortage as well as the ETA.

Please Help Us Continue to Help You

Despite our robust sourcing capabilities, the current situation in the United Kingdom is a reminder that we must remain vigilant and persistent in securing prescription drug supplies because things can and do change very quickly when transportation systems in the drug supply chain falter, manufacturing issues arise or demand for products spikes in various parts of the world. So, we ask our customers to please order in advance. This gives us more time 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.

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