Click on the link to watch my most recent FoxBoston News Segment, on the impact of the nationwide drug shortage.
CLICK TO WATCH: Health headlines: Critical drug shortages.
What to do to protect yourself:
- Go to the FDA Drug Shortage Website or the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists shortage list, to see if any of your prescriptions are listed
- Have a conversation with your pharmacist. They are on the front-line here!! Sometimes a medication wont be listed on a nationwide shortage, but is actually something that the pharmacists are still having trouble getting. If so, find out if it is short in EVERY dose, or just in particular pill sizes (sometimes it will be out in one pill size, but available in the smaller and larger sizes, or out in “Immediate Release”, but available in “Extended Release”, so if you have your physician write for a different formulation, you can STILL get the medication that you need.
- Take all the information from Steps 1 and 2 to your doctor. Talk about alternative dosage sizes (if you need them), and if nothing is potentially available, talk about what substitutions you may have to make.
- The most important piece of advice I can give is to NOT PROCRASTINATE with your refills! As soon as your insurance will let you file for a refill, DO IT, so that if you encounter a shortage, you still have plenty of time and supply to protect you while you figure it out.