‘The shelf is very sparse’: Sask. pharmacies seeing shortage of adult medication

‘The shelf is very sparse’: Sask. pharmacies seeing shortage of adult medication

By Brooke Kruger Global News

Posted Jan 5, 2023 5:34pm

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Saskatchewan residents are once again faced with empty shelves at local pharmacies, and cold and flu medicines for adults are in short supply.

“Shelf is very sparse,” said Jenna Ternan, pharmacist and owner of Northumberland Pharmacy.

The pharmacy has started checking its suppliers’ websites several times a day, hoping to snag a product before it sells out.

“We don’t see the issues as a structural issue right now,” said Michael Fougere, CEO of the Pharmacy Association of Saskatchewan.

“There will be some delays, but there will be similar or comparable drugs that you can get over the counter that work just as well.”

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Ternan recommends checking the shelves of smaller pharmacies for elusive cold and flu medicines, as in-store stores are more likely to sell out earlier due to customer traffic.

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“Demand is higher,” Fougere said. “We know manufacturers are making what they need, but the distribution just isn’t as even as it could be.”

He couldn’t say how long the shortage will last.

“We have no information on how long it will take,” Ternan said.

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“I have a feeling it’s going to be longer term.”

Fougere simply said “don’t panic” and that pharmacists can point you in the direction of the drug not found on the shelves.

“We’re monitoring it and we’re continuing to have talks,” Fougere said.

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