Medicines shortages – from assumptions to evidence to action
- Have to visit multiple pharmacies until he/she finds the treatment (waste of time and additional frustration),
- Be substituted on to a different medicine by the pharmacist (causing additional un-ease about managing his/her condition),
- Be required to go back to the doctor to have a change in treatment plan altogether (leading to uncertainty about treatment effects, adherence, side-effects etc.),
- In the worse-case scenario, be forced to simply forego treatment (leading to a worsening of the condition, with all the implications thereafter).