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BDBN: National drug shortage and local pharmacy issues

Credit: Alyssa Ao

What you need to know:

According to the Food and Drug Administration, a drug shortage is characterized as a “period of time when the demand or projected demand for the drug within the United States exceeds the supply of the drug.” Additionally, according to the National Library of Medicine, the U.S. officially began tracking national drug shortages in 2001, and noticed a significant increase in the number of crisis-level shortages in 2009.

A current drug shortage list can be found here. Specifically, medication for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), cancer and diabetes have been consistently in a low supply within the past year.

In addition to the national drug shortages impacting Massachusetts pharmacies, some have also experienced staff shortages. According to the Wayland Community Forum Facebook page, some Wayland residents have noted a specific staffing shortage in the Wayland CVS on Main St., resulting in some residents switching pharmacies. According to a Wayland Walgreens pharmacist, the Walgreens pharmacy has noticed an influx of customers since November because of staff shortages at other Wayland pharmacies.

Here is a map of local pharmacies that Wayland residents recommend:

Why it matters:

Some people need proper medication to function during their day-to-day lives, such as people with common mental health disorders such as anxiety, ADHD and depression, and people with common physical ailments, such as diabetes, infections and chronic pain.

Staying up to date with local pharmacies can make sure that people are getting their prescriptions on time. While there are ongoing staff and medication shortages, this can mean personally calling doctors to request an immediate refill. In some cases, skipping medication can cause problems for individuals, such as being unable to attend school or work, so it is necessary to stay on top of replacing prescriptions.

What are other sources to look at?

Drug Shortage Database” – U.S. Food and Drug Administration

What’s causing the unusually high number of drug shortages in the U.S.” – PBS

Drug Shortages Near an All-Time High, Leading to Rationing” – NYTimes

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Nadya Chase
Nadya Chase, Co-Editor-in-Chief
Nadya Chase, Class of 2024, is a third year reporter and a co-editor-in-chief for WSPN. Inside of school, she is the secretary of National Honor Society. Outside of school, she enjoys karate, reading, walking her dogs and spending time with family and friends. Contact: [email protected]
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Aimee Smith, Business Managing Editor
Aimee Smith, Class of 2024, is a third year reporter and the Business Managing Editor for WSPN. In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking and spending time with friends. Contact: [email protected]
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Alyssa Ao, Co-Graphics Editor
Alyssa Ao, Class of 2025, is a co-graphics editor for WSPN. She is also one of the Math Team captains and co-president of the Art Club. Outside of school, she enjoys art, playing piano and watching TV. Contact: [email protected]
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