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Covid-19: Medicine, vaccine supply disruptions likely – Pharmac



Drug buying agency Pharmac is warning further disruptions to medicine supplies are inevitable, as measures are taken to restrict the spread of Covid-19.

Increasing restrictions on air travel and shut-downs around the world have been announced over the past week, and almost 65 percent of medications arrive in New Zealand via passenger planes.

Air New Zealand announced on Monday it is reducing its long-haul capacity by 85 percent.

Suppliers are required to hold a minimum of two months of stock in New Zealand and it estimated there are another two months’ worth of drugs held by retailers.

Pharmac’s Director of Operations Lisa Williams told Checkpoint it is rationing prescription paracetamol and if necessary, will ration other medications.

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