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Spanish Pharmacies run low on antibiotics

The Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS) is working “intensively” to resolve the problem and it is expected that supplies of amoxicillin will be replenished by the end of this week, said the Spanish Minister of Health, Carolina Darias.

“There has been a specific production problem but they are already three shifts away from being able to reach pharmacies as soon as possible,” she pointed out during the inauguration of the V Digital Health Communication Forum, organized by Grupo Mediforum, at CaixaForum Madrid.

Amoxicillin supply problems have occurred in different neighbouring countries such as the Netherlands, Portugal, France, and Norway due to technical problems in some laboratories. This has caused a sharp increase in demand for these prescription-only tablets.

However, the minister has appealed to the population “not to stock up” on the drug so that whoever needs it can use it. “Therefore, it is a call for a culture of care, we increasingly know more about how this type of virus spreads, especially in minors.”

Darias promised that AEMPS (The Spanish Agency of Medicines and Medical Products) and the Ministry of Health, together with the Carlos III Institute in Madrid are closely monitoring the situation.

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