Plagued by drug shortages? There is an online tool for this

FORT MYERS

Gasoline and toilet paper are not the only products to be lacking this year …
Prescription drug shortages continue to plague those who depend on these drugs for normal and healthy lives.

A man we spoke to said he couldn’t get his stomach medication until July.

If you find yourself in a situation like this, you can check FDA Drug Shortage Tracking System.

Currently, around 120 drugs are listed as being in short supply.

On the website, if you enter a drug name in the database search box, you can see if and why it is rare. You can also see if it is scheduled to be interrupted, and when the supply can resume flow.

We checked the drug sulfasalazine. This is what one viewer said he had trouble finding pharmacies in Southwest Florida.

It turns out that a drug maker doesn’t expect the drug to be available until July. But there is another drug maker who claims it is available from them.

The FDA provides a phone number for the manufacturer so you can call and ask if there are pharmacies in your area that offer it.

The best thing to do if you are unable to find your drug in stock at the pharmacy is to go online and search for it.

The most common reason for drug shortages today is increased demand.

Click on HERE for a link to the FDA database to search for availability.

You can also contact us HERE there if you have anything related to your healthcare that you would like us to look into.

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