During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, social media was awash with promotions for ADHD as an explanation for people’s overwhelmed state of mind.
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The COVID-19 pandemic may have played a considerable role in the uptick of adults being treated for ADHD. But more data is needed to determine whether the trends will continue.
There is presently no end in sight to the drug supply shortage.
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The shortages, which have been going on for years, have typically affected only low-cost generics rather than profitable brand-name drugs.
Ozempic is intended for use by people with diabetes.
Ongoing shortages of the drug have been reported in the UK, Australi and Ireland.
These shortages are a result of rising demand and supply chain bottlenecks. But there are things that can be done to reduce harms to public health.
It’s unlikely shortages will go away anytime soon.
Many common medications – including those prescribed for menopause, dementia, and depression – are currently seeing shortages worldwide.
Around 200 people in England use diamorphine as a treatment for drug addiction.
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Current supply shortages may also be a problem for people in palliative care or receiving cancer treatment.
COVID-19 has resulted in higher than normal levels of medicine shortages. Here’s what to do if your local pharmacy is out of stock.
A lab technician prepares a prescription at a pharmacy in Quebec City on March 8, 2020.
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This is a pivotal time for policymakers to be vigilant about drug shortages and to ensure that Canadians have reliable access to safe drugs.
Supply and demand are often out of sync in the drug industry.
Shortages and high prices are making pharmaceuticals, often including generics, out of reach for millions of Americans.
Research shows that the number of drug shortages in Canada are increasing, even though patients may not be aware of it.
The Canadian government must undertake regular analysis of the drug shortage problem, if we are ever to develop sustainable solutions.
As of June 2018, the U.S. is short on 182 drugs and medical supplies, including IV bags.
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The US is currently short on 182 drugs and medical supplies. The problem isn’t new, but it’s frustrating health care workers.
A pharmacy employee in New York looks for medication as she works to fill a prescription.
Although the medical profession must make hard choices about how to allocate care, these decisions need not and should not be shrouded in mystery.
How can doctors manage drug shortages ethically?
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