Nationwide Shortage of Common Prescription Drugs

A nationwide shortage of certain generic prescription drugs, could soon impact millions of people. That’s according to The Austin Diagnostic Clinic which is issuing an advisory. Pharmacists there say it could last for up to 9 months. Some of the most widely used drugs effected by this include a diuretic commonly used in heart failure patients, a beta blocker used by blood pressure patients and a fertility drug that’s also used as male hormone therapy. “Sometimes when newer drugs come on the market they get priority in the manufacturing process so sometimes these older drugs can take a backseat or we can take for granted that there’s enough supply of them to set them aside for a little while, and sometimes there’s not”, Says ADC Pharmacist in Charge, Kristi Torres, PharmD.   Pharmacists say the shortage will pose a problem for people who have experienced side effects with other versions of the drug. They recommend talking with your doctor and pharmacist before considering switching. Many times they can help you find another pharmacy that has a supply because not all locations will run out at the same time.