According to Deputy Minister of Health Jakub Dvořáček, supplies of antibiotics in tablets will exceed consumption in the Czech Republic in the coming months. After Thursday’s meeting of the working group for the availability of medicinal products at the Ministry of Health, Dvořáček told journalists that only locally there could be a shortage of preparations in the form of syrup used by young children.
The Czech Republic and other countries have repeatedly faced shortages of antibiotic supplies since the end of last year. “We managed to secure a supplier that covers the supplies of the original suppliers, which we have been used to for years. As for November, December, January, we will receive a supply that should be enough for the whole year,” said Dvořáček. The Czech Republic will have 100,000 packages of penicillin antibiotics available per month, so the deputy does not expect any problems with tablet medicines.
Syrup supplies are now provided by the authorities from other markets, the deputy recalled supplies from Sweden and Spain. “The original supplier should resume supplies in mid-December. Then the situation should be stable. Now, unfortunately, pharmacists will have to work with repackaged syrups that come from other markets but are registered in Europe,” said Dvořáček.
The reason for the outage is that the plant in Austria is not able to produce in three-shift operations as in the past, said Dvořáček. However, some tablets come with a score line so they can be used for pediatric patients who are able to swallow them. “We’re hoping that we can partially cover what might be missing in the syrup area,” he said.