BRIEFS: Shortage of psychiatric meds

Covid-19 has worsened the country’s already short supply of psychiatric medication, experts say. City Press reported that there’s now a greater shortage of psychiatric drugs and their ingredients, while their prices increased, due to higher demand for medicine because of Covid-19. The Department of Health instructed clinics and hospitals to provide patients with alternative drugs if the ones they need aren’t available, but that’s not always medically wise. One reason for the problem is restrictions on imports and exports across the globe during various lockdowns. The department has started buying drugs from new companies and is penalising drug companies for late supplies. We hope it’s resolved soon: lockdown has created enough mental stress already. 

This brief was originally published in The Wrap here

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