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Medications is now more difficult to obtain than ever before and the problem is global – the Situation has never been this bad

pain medicines, birth control pills, blood pressure medications, epinephrine pens, cancer drugs. Here are a few of the medical group, which has been availability problems lately.

the availability of Medicines disorders has been this fall, more than ever before. This clear association of Finnish Pharmacies from doing on Friday published the survey.

pharmacies association believes the situation could be to facilitate the pharmacy of the current broader rights to change medications.

Pharmacies would facilitate, for example, if they could change the drug available strength and match dose it according to, without contacting a doctor.

Now the pharmacy has the potential to change the doctor's prescribed medicine, for example, a more favorable parallel to the medicine. Exchange is package-specific, and the drug can change, for example, different intensities of it, nor the dose size to be changed.

Medicines changing mind especially the old and the sick

in Oulu two pharmacy resistant Aila fence burglar has worked in the field for 35 years. He recalls that the drug shortage has been suffered before, but now the problem is unusually wide.

– the Situation has never been this bad.

the fence burglary, according to the drug shortage is especially for customers in terms of shame.

– Elderly people can be difficult to understand, that the old and familiar drug is no longer available. A variety of medical packaging might cause confusion and uncertainty.

prescription drugs in addition to availability problems has been also self-care medicines in. For example, a very popular cold medicine Finrexiniä is not obtained from a pharmacy for years. The reason for this is the drug production shift from Finland to Poland, where the manufacturers have not been successful, Alamurto tell.

the Pharmacy will also do a lot of extra work in order to outstanding products find your replacement. They have to be to call for example, the recipe of the doctor, so this would change the prescription of a medicinal product, which is available.

fimea of interchangeable medicinal products the list is extensive, but still there is missing of many medications. Aila fence burglary, according to one of such drugs is the rose used to treat, inject penicillin, which has been a global shortage for years.

Finland imported temporary permission medicine, it, whatever is available. Drugs cannot, however, switch to another containing the same active substance, for they are not interchangeable medicinal products on the list.

Drugs replacing the more advantageous the parallel medicine has been in use in Finland since 2003. Pharmacists association communications director Erkki Kostiainen tell you that the results are good: the drug vary, for example, is already more than a billion euros in savings, when drugs are changed to more affordable generic products.

Kostiainen, the pharmacy, the greater the right to change medicines availability failure would reduce unnecessary contact with doctors. He told me that a similar policy is already in force in Norway.

– Mistakes drug in exchange is small. Change explain to the customer would increase the course of pharmacy work, especially when it is a memory sick, old people.

the drug shortage of the load is also achieved by the health center doctors

medical association deputy executive director Hannu Halila supports the Pharmacists show. He hoped, too, Fimea and social affairs and the ministry of health guidelines focus on the pharmacist on the issue.

– it would make sense, for example, if the two milligrams of the drug would be replaced by one milligram of the drug, and they would take two, when the drug does not change. The use of common sense should be allowed.

halila, according to the medicine, however, should not change in that case, if the patient does not want to.

She told that the drug shortage is very bothersome also doctors and the calls to load the already burnout from suffering from health centre doctors.

– Doctors should be ideal, that the doctor would see directly to the electronic prescription writing, what medicine is not available.

the Missing drugs almost daily changing list is available on fimea's website, but halila, according to the doctors it is not possible to start to go through the list each time medicines when ordering.

Always a suitable alternate drug is not even found.

– for Example, e-pill has been able to get a suitable product up to a year. Sucks when you have to determine the kind of drug where you know it's not a good option.

Less than ten medicinal product difficult to find options for

the Pharmaceutical safety and development centre Fimea statistics, this year the most the availability of interference has been the nervous system affecting drugs, such as pain and psychotropic medications, as well as cardiovascular disease medicines.

Also genito - urinary diseases, drugs and sex hormones, like the contraceptive pill availability has been a problem.

fimea head of division of the Johanna Linnolahti said that the the most critical medicines that have been in short supply, have been the breast cancer drug letrozole and adrenaline pens. Now their availability is already better, although shortcomings remain.

– cancer drug in the case of very vulnerable groups of patients. Adrenaline pen, in turn, is used to treat serious allergic reactions in the treatment and it has been difficult to find a replacement.

Pharmaceutical safety and development centre Fimea statistics on the access to medicines problem.Mikko Airikka / Yle

by the end of September, the pharmaceutical companies had done 1151 notification of medicinal products for human use, the availability of which has been interference. Although the shortcomings is the a lot of, the majority of medicines found however a replacement option.

Linnolahden according to each year less than ten in the case of a medicinal product has been difficult to find other substitute medicine.

the problem of the underlying raw materials, cheap production

the availability of Medicinal products disorders started to increase in years 2016 and 2017. The problem concerns not only the Finnish, but is global.

the Background is a drug in the production of the concentration of savings in few drug factories in India and China. Their production problems are reflected in several co-products. In china, factories have even closed their environmental problems caused by due pharmacists association, communications director Erkki Kostiainen said.

Finland is dependent on imported drugs, for up to 80-90% of medicines are imported from outside Finland.

Aila fence burglar does not believe access to medicines problem of facilitating, on the contrary. The Finnish pharmaceutical market is small, and not necessarily very attractive.

– a medicine change will save the society funds, but doing the same in Finland, not as an attractive market. Worth of pharmaceutical companies to bring in drugs, if their prices fall too much, the fence the burglar theory.

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