Prescription provide chain points frustrate sufferers

Throughout the nation, folks have reported points filling not simply insulin however different medicines and medical provides as nicely.

WESTFIELD, Ind. — Having a tough time filling your prescription recently? You are not alone.

Mark Ulman of Westfield mentioned he has tried twice within the final month to refill his insulin remedy.

“They instructed me it is out of inventory,” he mentioned, explaining the response from his native pharmacist. “I’ve additionally had bother getting syringes. And its scary once you’re diabetic and you’ll’t get your insulin.”

Throughout the nation, folks have reported points filling not simply insulin however different medicines and medical provides as nicely.

“It is a provide chain difficulty,” mentioned Tony Kantzavelos, proprietor and pharmacist at Nora Apothecary on Indy’s north facet.

He mentioned most pharmaceutical components are manufactured abroad.

“As soon as upon a time, we have been getting merchandise frequently and now issues are late, issues are delayed,” he mentioned. “It has been a battle for all of us within the healthcare business.”

Kantzavelos mentioned he is in a greater scenario than some others as a result of he owns a compounding pharmacy.

“So we will nonetheless get uncooked supplies and make prescriptions for sufferers,” he mentioned.

Business consultants mentioned generally, if sure medicines are backordered or delayed, it is just for every week or so. And if a medicine or medical provide is not obtainable at one location, it is doable it could be on the shelf some other place.

For Mark Ulman, that is simpler mentioned than executed. He is restricted in how far he can go as a result of his solely mode of transportation is his bicycle.