ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Nov. 3, 2022) – A new survey of community pharmacists reveals that 98 percent are experiencing drug shortages, the National Community Pharmacists Association says. Periodically since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, NCPA has surveyed pharmacy owners and managers about staffing concerns, supply chain issues, inflation or other economic pressures. The latest survey, conducted between Oct. 19-31, 2022, focuses on drug shortages.
Eighty-nine percent of survey respondents say they are currently experiencing a shortage of Adderall, which is commonly used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity. This is a higher percentage than in a survey released in August, when 64 percent of respondents said they’d had trouble getting the medicine.
Nearly 66 percent of respondents also report experiencing difficulty in getting the antibiotic amoxicillin. “The scary part is, we’re coming into the time of the year where you have the greatest need,” NCPA President Hugh Chancy, owner of Chancy Drugs in southern Georgia, recently told NBC News. The Food and Drug Administration has acknowledged some “some intermittent supply interruptions” and has warned it is in short supply.
NCPA CEO B. Douglas Hoey, who sounded the alarm on supply chain problems at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, said those problems haven’t gone away.
“We’re heavily reliant on foreign countries, some of which can be adversarial, for many of our pharmaceuticals. And the supply chain issues that resulted from the pandemic have not been fully resolved,” said Hoey. “Community pharmacies are the last link in the supply chain, and the only one that deals with patients directly. If there’s a disruption anywhere between the manufacturer and the patient, it affects the entire health care system and community pharmacists are the ones helping patients figure out their options.”
Note: This NCPA survey was conducted from Oct. 19-31. It was sent to approximately 8,000 independent pharmacy owners and managers, with approximately 330 responding.
Founded in 1898, the National Community Pharmacists Association is the voice for the community pharmacist, representing over 19,400 pharmacies that employ nearly 240,000 individuals nationwide. Community pharmacies are rooted in the communities where they are located and are among America’s most accessible health care providers. To learn more, visit www.ncpa.org.