Supply chain issues affect pharmacies, drugs

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) – Supply chain issues are hitting pharmacies hard, with some drugs in short supply.

Council Bluffs pharmacist Tony Beraldi sees a lack of branded and generic products.

“Some drugs are really hard to come by right now, and it’s a day-to-day thing, sometimes they don’t have anything in stock,” Beraldi said.

Beraldi has seen all kinds of drugs out of stock.

“It could be anything, right now there is a cholesterol drug that we can’t get. Sometimes it’s an antidepressant, sometimes it’s a blood pressure drug. the blood pressure I checked this morning, we’re having a hard time getting it, ”Beraldi said.

Beraldi admits that sometimes doctors have to switch patients from drug A to drug B if there is a lack of supply.

“It’s difficult because when the patient settles on a drug and it works great, their blood pressure is under control, or they have high cholesterol under control, you hate to upset the basket of. apples and change things at the same time, ”Beraldi said.

The FDA reports that around 80% of active pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturers are located outside of the United States, which has an impact on the supply chain.

“Some are from China, India, Ireland. There are more drugs produced overseas,” Beraldi said.

Bruce Goldberg of Omaha Pharmacy Express wants to take this opportunity to improve our situation.

“We have to – not just our industry, but also in other industries – we have to speed it up, back off and share facilities or whatever is really needed to make it convenient for the pharmaceutical industry,” Goldberg said.

Beraldi says it’s best to let pharmacists know a week in advance if you need to refill your prescription.

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