MEDICINE SHORTAGES as they are advancing WORLDWIDE putting patients at risk.
Medicine shortages are causing delays in care and treatment across the U.S, China, and Europe.
No one ever believed that the world’s top economic power would find itself in a situation where medicine is one of the most troubling problems.
2022 was an unfortunate year for Europe and the United States; the effects of geopolitical conflicts and COVID policies were enormous.
It started with a war that has triggered an energy crisis and affected the supply chain,
and now the effect has spread to a global level of medicine shortages.
The World Health Organization also warns of a global shortage of antibiotics, and notes a growing number of infectious diseases.
Stay to the end because in this video we will analyse the reasons for the global shortage of medicines and its effects on our well-being.
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According to World Health Organization statements, 80% of the 35 countries for which it collects data are experiencing antibiotic shortages.
However, with many countries experiencing their first unrestricted winter in two years,
supply chain constraints are preventing pharmaceutical companies from increasing production volumes.
According to the Financial Times, some pharmaceuticals are reporting shortages of paracetamol and ibuprofen
as demand rises due to the winter wave of influenza, respiratory viruses and coronaviruses.
Pharmacies around the world, especially in China and European countries,
are running out of key medicines such as paracetamol, ibuprofen and amoxicillin.
Antibiotic shortages have reached a critical level, according to pharmacies in the UK, France, Germany and Spain.
Some pharmacies report that their patients have had to resort to psychological therapy as an alternative solution to some medicines.
In United States, the medicine shortage is putting extra pressure on hospitals and their emergency rooms.
The problem with the current antibiotic and medicine shortage is that it could affect the welfare of the patients.
Amoxicillin, for example, is used to treat infections, and Europe is experiencing a significant shortage of amoxicillin and penicillin.
According to market experts, one of the reasons for this significant shortage is the current economic changes.
That includes inflation, the energy crisis, and supply chain shortages.
Increasing prices and higher energy costs led the average consumer to buy and stack antibiotic drugs for the winter.
Higher consumer product prices have affected consumer purchasing abilities, which was one of the factors that led us to this dangerous situation.
In addition, China and India account for 60% of the world’s drug supply, and both countries are being sanctioned by the United States in relation to pharmaceuticals.
The COVID outbreak in China and the “zero” COVID policy were the final nails in the coffin of this drug shortage.
That said, what makes the current medicine and antibiotic shortage a serious problem is its long-term effects.
Doctors warn that while the antibiotic units are running low, hospitals and emergency rooms will notice a significant increase in patient numbers.
On top of that, there are new antibiotics and drugs in the development process,
but they will not be on the market soon. At least not in the next two years or more.
More broadly, theoretically speaking, if a patient can’t or doesn’t get what they need,
the infection’s accumulation might lead to the appearance of more severe infections.
And still, the scary part is that some infections, if they are not treated properly and at the right time,
will develop into something untreatable and infectious.
That is what governments fear and try to avoid.
There has been no improvement, no clear strategy, and no satisfying action on the part of the governments up to this point.
The world is already in a chaotic situation.
By adding a medical shortage to the unsolved list of problems, the market outlook remains gloomy.
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