There is a drug shortage in Germany. Various medications, including fever syrups for children, stomach acid blockers, cough syrups, and blood pressure medications, are often not available at this time.
The problems have increased in recent months, said the chairman of the North Rhine-Westphalian Pharmacists’ Association, Thomas Preis, in Düsseldorf. “The situation is dire.” Looking to 2023, he says, “We expect supply shortfalls to increase.” A spokesperson for the Federal Union of German Associations of Pharmacists (ABDA) spoke of a “great challenge” that one has in view of the bottlenecks and which will remain in place for the foreseeable future.
The ABDA justified the tense situation by “enormous cost pressure in the health system”. To save money, manufacturers are relying on production in Asia, an ABDA spokesperson said. If a batch fails there or if transport by ship is delayed, this has consequences for the local supply.