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Pharmacies may soon run out of these drugs. Ministry of Health warns

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From December 12, 2023, a new anti-export list comes into force. The list of drugs at risk of becoming unavailable, published by the Ministry of Health, includes more than two hundred items. Check what you may not be able to buy at the pharmacy in the near future, and don’t be surprised.

The Chief Pharmaceutical Inspectorate (GIF), in consultation with the Ministry of Health, decides which medicines, food products intended for specific food uses, and medical devices will be included in the anti-export list. He bases his conclusions on information obtained from pharmacies. They provide data on drugs that are insufficient in the pharmaceutical market to meet patient needs. The basis for including a particular medicine in the list of endangered medicines is the fact that it is not available in at least 5 percent of pharmacies in a given voivodeship.

Antidiabetic and pain medications may not be available

The list, published in the Official Journal of the Ministry of Health, included 224 items. The list includes, in particular, drugs used in hormone replacement therapy, as well as in the treatment of cancer patients and patients with herpes zoster, epilepsy or respiratory diseases that cause bronchospasm. In addition, pharmacies may run out of medications for diseases such as:

  • diabetes,

  • shingles,

  • schizophrenia,

  • acromegaly (a disease associated with excessive secretion of growth hormone),

  • cystic fibrosis,

  • hypertension,

  • ulcerative colitis,

  • Lesniewski and Crohn’s disease,

  • Prader-Willi syndrome (a set of genetic birth defects),

  • central diabetes insipidus (a disease characterized by the passage of very large amounts of urine),

  • polycystic ovary syndrome,

  • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD),

  • chronic pancreatitis,

  • heart failure,

  • asthma,

  • allergy,

  • Quincke’s edema.

Painkillers, drugs used to prevent transplant rejection, and drugs used to prevent pregnancy complications prenatally are also at risk of becoming unavailable. This includes, for example, miscarriage, intrauterine fetal death, transplacental hemorrhage, etc. In addition, patients struggling with increased muscle tension may experience a shortage in the pharmacy assortment. This symptom occurs in various diseases. It is characteristic, in particular, of cerebral palsy, cerebrovascular accidents, multiple sclerosis and degenerative diseases of the spinal cord. The anti-export list also includes medical products (urological catheters) and specialty foods used in the elimination diet.

Shortage of drugs in pharmacies – what to do in this situation?

If the pharmacy does not have the medicine prescribed for the patient by the doctor, the pharmacist usually gives the patient a substitute medicine, i.e. a drug that has the same effect and therapeutic indications as the original. The client can also receive the drug recommended by the doctor, but, for example, in a lower concentration. In this case, the pharmacist helps calculate the dose and adjust the amount of the drug according to the information in the prescription.

Source: Ministry of Health
  • Patient area
  • Prevention
  • Medicines
  • Prevention and treatment
  • Diseases
  • Pregnancy and baby

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