Shortage of psychiatric drugs alarms patients
20 September 2019
I am concerned by a shortage of psychiatric drugs in Gauteng hospitals and clinics that is alarming mental health patients.
Drugs in short supply include Fluoxetine and Citalopram, which are both SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) that ease symptoms of moderate to severe depression.
Mental health patients are being told that these essential drugs are in short supply, and are either given an inadequate supply or told to come back later.
I know of several patients who have gone to various hospitals and clinics trying to get anti-depressant medicine.