Medicine shortages a major concern, pharmacy union claims

Medicine shortages a major concern, pharmacy union claims

The Irish Pharmacy Union is warning that shortages of medicine are posing a serious risk to the public.

A survey conducted by the union has found that 91% of pharmacists say shortages have worsened in the past 12 months.

The IPU said staff spend eight hours per month specifically dealing with medicine shortages.

The lack of alternatives to out-of-stock drugs is the main cause of shortages.

"It's been a major problem, and something that pharmacists spend many hours … trying to source medicines from various sources to try and satisfy our patients' needs," said IPU President Rory O'Donnell.

"That can affect patients' health outcomes quite substantially," O'Donnell said.

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