Medication shortage impacting local pharmacies, doctors

Lancaster

Some commonly prescribed drugs are getting more difficult to get.

A medication shortage seems to be impacting the local area.

“There have been manufacturer shortages and there have also been some recalls,” said Dr. Sean Perrine, a family physician at Lancaster Health Center.

The shortage has been impacting medications for blood pressure, depression, anxiety, and cholesterol.

“I think it’s affecting patients all throughout our region,” Perrine said.

In some cases, the shortage also impacts generic brands of the medications.  That’s a problem at Lancaster Health Center, where insurance doesn’t always cover more expensive brand-name medications.

“Some of the bigger box pharmacies have had trouble stocking medication,” Perrine said. “We’ve had good luck with some of the smaller mom and pop pharmacies in the area where we can route patients over for temporary fills for their prescriptions.”

Perrine said he hopes the shortage won’t last long, but he warned that those who need medication refills should not wait until the last minute.

“If you’re running toward the end of your prescription, calling into your pharmacy or calling into your doctor office sooner rather than later to request your refill is always a good idea,” Perrine said.

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