Pharmacies 'running out of medicines'

Pharmacies 'running out of medicines'

Irish pharmacies are running out of medication for serious illnesses like depression, it was warned today.

The Irish Pharmacy Union survey has found that 91% of pharmacists say shortages have worsened in the past 12 months.

The IPU says staff spend eight hours per month specifically dealing with medicine shortages which pose a risk to the public.

"Last year we reported widely the problems of getting Eltroxin, which is a drug used to treat thyroid disease," said IPU president Rory O'Donnell.

"The most recent examples that are members are reporting to us are Cymbalta - which is used for depression".

"Very frequently it's described in a hospital setting by a consultant psychiatrist; and sometimes the only solution to actually refer the patient back to the prescriber and you can imagine how difficult that is."

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