Like most commodities, medicines are subject to demand and supply pressures. When demand exceeds supply, medicine shortages arise; medicines that should be routinely available become difficult for providers to access. There are many reasons why a medicine might be difficult to access, including funding and commissioning decisions. Shortage of medicines are a consequence of problems in the supply chain.
As a result, patients can receive delayed treatment, be prescribed alternative medicines and pay out-of-pocket for substitutes, in addition to other consequences.
We are interested in hearing your experiences of medicine shortages to improve our understanding of its impact on patient care.
If you have been affected by the shortage of a medicine, please take a moment to fill out our short survey below; it should only take 10 minutes.
You can take our survey here before 4 June.