Drug shortage reaches KOTA Territory

It’s not only a worker shortage but a drug shortage that’s becoming a growing concern here in KOTA Territory. Obtaining prescription drugs has been a problem for patients and pharmacists in Rapid City for the last year and a half.

Medicap Pharmacist Jo Prang says the shortage stems from the international market, companies discontinuing drugs and a lack of raw materials. Prang says those factors are causing a backlog of orders making it hard for pharmacies to catch up.

“People have been going from pharmacy to pharmacy depending on who gets a shipment and when,” said Prang. ” So it’s been very difficult to maintain a steady inventory and you have to account for those drugs.”

Prang says the most difficult prescriptions to fill are those for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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