Local pharmacy continues to see shortage in certain drugs and medical supplies due to COVID-19

As the Coronavirus continues to spread, there have been reports that the U.S. is likely to see a shortage of generic pharmaceutical drugs.
Medicine Shoppe

JOPLIN, Mo. – As the Coronavirus continues to spread, there have been reports that the U.S. is likely to see a shortage of generic pharmaceutical drugs.

For the Medicine Shoppe in Joplin…pharmacist Van Hodges says they are seeing shortages in certain drugs and medical supplies due to COVID-19.

“We see things that are helping with the coronavirus, we see those things go fast so recently dexamethasone was a hot drug that’s showing promising effects on the virus so we’re seeing that in very short supply right now and of course face masks, gloves, anything that protects us from the public or vice versa, thermometers we can’t get, so those kinds of things are tough to obtain right now.”

But when it comes to generic pharmaceuticals…they aren’t seeing much of a shortage there yet.

“We are seeing some things like blood pressure meds that are tough to get, but for the most part we’re still able to keep some supplies in as far as generic prescription drugs…we’re not seeing too many shortages that are cause for concern yet” added Hodges.

He says they have been seeing shortages in waves of different drugs since March, and that there are a couple factors to seeing shortages in drugs…the strain COVID-19 has caused on manufacturers in China and India, but also hoarding from patients.

“They see reports out there drugs in short supply but they don’t necessarily read it to see what the drugs are, so they get into a bit of a panic and wanting to make sure they don’t run out of their blood pressure medicine or what have you…so they will call us to get three month supplies or maybe more, typically we won’t do that especially if its short in supply.”

We asked on Facebook if anyone has had a hard time getting their generic pharmaceuticals. Some say they are having a hard time getting generic prescription Pepcid…others saying ‘yes as simple as prescribed eye drops’.

Hodges says when it comes to the Medicine Shoppe he doesn’t want people to worry.

“We will take care of people, we will have prescriptions that they need, if for some reason they have a drug that’s been impacted by a shortfall or a shortage in the market place, we will find an alternative.”

The Medicine Shoppe is not the only local pharmacy seeing a shortage due to COVID-19, Praters Pharmacy said they have been seeing a shortage since March as well, with 5-10 different drugs.

While Stone’s Corner pharmacy says they have not noticed a huge impact yet.

You can find a list of drugs experiencing a shortage on the FDA’s website.

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