Royal College of GPs medical director Dr Bryan Betty, who is a former deputy medical director of Pharmac, said he wanted the drug buyer to improve its communication amidst global medication shortages.
“Pharmac needs to open up its channels of communication so we can start to prepare for it and think about it and solutions and it needs clear explanations as to why/why not some medicines are available and whether there will be alternatives if we know they are in place.”
Covid distributions to medicinal supply chains are concerning for health professionals and hundreds of thousands of patients are having to adjust prescriptions or switch to alternative medications.
He said Pharmac needed to better inform general practices.
In a statement, Pharmac director of operations Lisa Williams said: “We recognise and acknowledge this situation will be disruptive for some people. We are working closely with our suppliers to try to minimise…