Drug shortage in pharmacies affect thousands of patients in Portugal – Jornal Económico


July saw a breakdown of drug stocks, diseases such as Parkinson's, hypertension, diabetes, COPD or epilepsy are of most concern. In 2018, 64.1 million packages were requested by patients, according to Correio da Manhã.

According to data provided by the National Association of Pharmacies (ANF) to Correio da Manhã, the lack of medicines in pharmacies across the country worries patients. In some cases the medicines have not been available for over a year.

Tiago Galvão, ANF's executive director says that for patients suffering from hypertension "have no alternative, Adalat as well as generic Nifedipine have been depleted for at least a year."

Unavailability of drugs affected 3.4 million users, with more than 370,000 people having no choice but to discontinue treatment. The use of medical appointments also decreased with the aim of changing the prescription, 1.4 million users had to request a new prescription, according to Correio da Manhã.

Yesterday, Monday, August 19, entered the Government decree that amends the status of the drug. The law provides that drug distributors will be required to permanently make available drugs in sufficient quantities and varieties to ensure normal market supply.



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