Shortage of psychiatric meds has begun

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The health department had cited the reasons for the shortages of medications as being shortages of active pharmaceutical ingredients, increased prices of these ingredients, inconsistent supply from manufacturers and increased demand for medicine due to Covid-19. Picture: iStock/ Matthew Lloyd
The health department had cited the reasons for the shortages of medications as being shortages of active pharmaceutical ingredients, increased prices of these ingredients, inconsistent supply from manufacturers and increased demand for medicine due to Covid-19. Picture: iStock/ Matthew Lloyd

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The impact of protracted shortages of psychiatric medication in the country is beginning to be felt by both the patients, who are in desperate need of the drugs to keep them stable, and their families, who have to live with the consequences.

This week, parents, patients and mental health experts spoke about the potentially devastating consequences of the shortage of psychiatric medications that existed long before Covid-19 struck, but which has been worsened by the pandemic.

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