Medicine supply shortage plagues pharmacies as medications such as Ritalin in low supply

Why Australia is facing MAJOR shortages of drugs including ADHD and blood pressure medicines

  • The TGA say more than 300 medicines are currently facing shortages 
  • This includes drug Ritalin, widely used to treat ADHD, a disease on the rise 
  •  Other drugs used as antidepressants, high blood pressure medications, diabetes medications, asthma drugs and more are also experiencing shortages

Australians are facing a critical medicine shortage as supply chain issues and increased demand wreak havoc on pharmacy shelves.

According to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), 343 medicines are currently facing shortages, with dozens listed yesterday, including widely used medications including Ritalin, which is used to treat ADHD.

Other drugs used as antidepressants, high blood pressure medications, diabetes medications, asthma drugs are also experiencing shortages.

However, it is Ritalin which many are saying is causing the biggest headache as the widely used stimulant is used to treat ADHD, an illness on the rise. 

The TGA say more than 300 medicines are currently facing shortages. This includes drug Ritalin (pictured), widely used to treat ADHD, a disease on the rise

The TGA say more than 300 medicines are currently facing shortages. This includes drug Ritalin (pictured), widely used to treat ADHD, a disease on the rise

Psychiatrist Dr Tanveer Ahmed said his patients were struggling to go to school and work amid the drug shortage

Psychiatrist Dr Tanveer Ahmed said his patients were struggling to go to school and work amid the drug shortage

The TGA’s drug shortage notice board lists Ritalin’s 10mg, 20mg and 30mg doses – in short supply.

A medicine shortage is officially defined as ‘when there is unlikely to be enough of a medicine in Australia for the people who need to take it’.

Psychiatrist Dr Tanveer Ahmed told The Daily Telegraph patients were struggling to go to school and work amid the drug shortage.

‘We’ve had several calls from late last week to early this week of people not being able to pick up their meds. 

‘It has left people panicking and (has) a range of knock-on effects, people aren’t functioning as well at work, some people have been forced to take days off, kids are more behaviourally disturbed in the schoolyard.’

Other drugs used as antidepressants, high blood pressure medications, diabetes medications, asthma drugs and more are also experiencing shortages

Other drugs used as antidepressants, high blood pressure medications, diabetes medications, asthma drugs and more are also experiencing shortages 

He also said while he has been prescribing substitute medications, swapping any mental health drug is not ideal as not everyone is going to respond in the same way.

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists President Dr Vinay Lakra said the government desperately needs to find a solution to the problem which has been coming for years.

He said the shortage is causing relapses and urged patients to speak to their doctors and plan ahead.

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