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Following reports of pharmacies on the mainland selling painkillers, Tasmanian pharmacists have confirmed that the state’s drug supply has been largely unaffected. Latrobe pharmacist John Dowling said while there have been reports of shortages on the continent for some drugs, the impact in the North and North West was less severe. “There was a bit of a rush on paracetamol and ibuprofen as they were told to stock up in case they got COVID,” he said. “Admittedly, that stuff was a little harder to get and some pack sizes and things sold out.” READ MORE: A breakdown of canceled events and those that are continuing Mr Dowling said that while there has been an increase in the number of people seeking immune boosters and over-the-counter immune defense drugs, most prescription drugs were not affected. “All three major wholesalers have warehouses here, so they tend to maintain a fair inventory,” he said. “Wholesalers have to sign up for what’s called the CSO community service obligation, so they’re obligated to make the drugs available to us within a certain timeframe. READ MORE: George Town man freed from President of the Risdon Prison Pharmacy Guild of Tasmania, Helen O’Byrne said at the start of the pandemic that some prescription drugs had been hit by global demand, but that was no longer an issue now. said the Therapeutic Goods Administration monitors all prescription drugs for supply issues, allowing pharmacists to develop alternatives “The TGA developed the list to alert pharmacists and the public to drugs experiencing supply issues . If a shortage is identified, the pharmacist will then work with the customer to provide an alternative,” she said. Care bottlenecks begin to ease as RAT kits arrive The Shortage Reporting Database The TGA-managed medicines database tracks medicines in shortage in Australia, including those resulting from product discontinuation.The TGA database indicates that 249 medicines were unavailable, of which 61 were expected to be unavailable and 223 discontinued. The database also said that 219 shortages had recently been resolved.In the database, some antibiotics, cancer drugs and immune boosters like monoclonal antibodies were identified as having a critical shortage. of the retirement village after the plans were rejected A report by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners said that of the 30 critical shortages, the most rt were injectable steroids, antibiotics and anesthetic agents – similar to shortages seen in other countries. Ms O’Byrne said there was no current shortage of prescription drugs in Tasmania, explaining the mainland’s problems related to supply chain issues, not access to drugs. Andrew Chounding is the Examiner’s health reporter, if you have a health related story please email [email protected] Our reporters work hard to provide up-to-date local news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content: Follow us on Google News: The Examiner


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