Why Are Over 300 Medicines Currently In Short Supply In Ireland?

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Pharmacology and pharmacy, Other clinical medicine subjects

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RTE Brainstorm, updated / Monday, 10 Jul 2023 09:21.


Ongoing geopolitical volatility, increased energy costs, and an array of post-pandemic issues are impacting negatively on global pharmaceutical industry supply chains, resulting in medicine shortages across the world. US hospitals are reporting supply problems with liquid ibuprofen, while a sudden increase in ADHD diagnoses has led to an unexpected shortage in the drugs used to treat it there. In Mexico, there have been chronic medicine shortages, while sudden supply drops across Asia were linked to disruptions in China and in Australia.

In Ireland, the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) publish and maintain an up-to-date list of a medicine shortages impacting the Irish market. According to HPRA, there are currently over 300 medicine shortages impacting the Irish market.


This research received no external funding