It’s such a hard pill to swallow!

CHEMISTS in Spain’s Alicante region claim they are having supply problems with no fewer than 382 drugs, which, they maintain, is an unusually high figure.

Curiously, the majority of them are common medications, which are widely used. For example, Adiro is the country’s second-most-used drug.

It is taken to control thrombosis by reducing the risk of blood clots, particularly in those who have suffered angina, heart attacks or a stroke.

They are also prescribed for patients who have undergone heart surgery. But pharmacists, reportedly, cannot get their hands on 100mg and 300mg tablets.

A production cut at the Bayer plant in Leverkusen, Germany is to blame for particular shortages, according to the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products.

The pharmaceutical producer has apologised for any inconvenience caused by the production problem, and says it is“making every effort to restore the regular supply of the affected product”.

Painkiller Nolotil is also out of stock in 575mg capsules and the injectable form. But the drug, which is banned in the UK and America, is under investigation by the medicines’ regulator after concerns were raised that northern Europeans may be particularly at risk of side-effects.

Fe Ballestero, President of the Association of Pharmacists of Alicante, said that while most of the drugs in short supply can be substituted with generics, it is not a simple swap.

He adds: “Patients must go back to their doctors to have their prescriptions changed.”

And, as in the case of flecainide, used to control abnormal, fast rhythms of the heart, there are not always replacement drugs.

Other contributing factors for the supply issues include a shortage of raw materials, problems in production plants, as well errors in the instructions, or in the packaging.

But pharmacists blame the low drug process, imposed by the Spanish Ministry of Health, which leads to laboratories committing their production to other countries, in which the prices of the same drugs are higher.






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