- Medicine shortages driven by falling medicine prices
21 October 2014: Medicine shortages remain widespread in Ireland, posing a "significant risk to patient health", pharmacists say. Results from a survey of 150 pharmacists carried out by the IPU last month shows that 99% of pharmacists say they have noticed medicine shortages in the last 12 months and 87% of pharmacists surveyed anticipate a further increase in medicine shortages in the next 12 months. Over half (52%) believe that the health of patients "has been adversely affected by medicine shortages." Pharmacists believe that government action to reduce the price of medicines, among other causes, is resulting in the short supply.
Kathy Maher, President of the IPU, said, "Patients are being put at risk and are anxious that they won't be able to get their medication. Our survey shows that pharmacists are spending anything from five to 10 hours a month resolving medicine shortages instead of directing their efforts and professional expertise towards the needs of patients. And it looks like this situation is set to continue, which is totally unacceptable."