Canada has been witnessing severe shortage of drugs. A survey was carried on the members of the Canadian Pharmacists Association, the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists and Canadian Medical Association, which has revealed that the drug shortage has been creating problems.
The survey has revealed that drug shortage in the country started in 2010. With passage of time, things started to deteriorate even further and present condition is such that 94% pharmacists are finding problem in locating medication for patients.
Patients care has deteriorated, said doctors. As many as 41% pharmacists have told that drug shortages have been taxing patients' health. Moreover, it is not necessary that alternate medicine provided to patient will suit him. There are chances of adverse reaction as well and it is not ethically correct to take such risks due to the shortage of the medicine.
"The efforts of healthcare professionals to lessen the impact on patients have come at the cost of diverting personnel from other areas of care; this diversion is not sustainable", said Doug Sellinger, president of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists.
From antibiotics to chemotherapy, there are a number of drugs that have fallen short of supply. It now has to be seen as what steps are taken by authorities concerned to resolve the issue.