Medicines shortage in Nepal: Problems and possible solutions

Author : Regmi Bishnu, Subish Palaian, P. Ravi Shankar and Mukhtar Ansari

Medicines shortage is a global problem more pertinent to developing countries. In this article the authors mention the factors associated with medicine shortages, the outcomes of shortages, and probable solutions to address medicine shortages in Nepal. In a scenario of medicine shortage, the intended therapy might be replaced with alternative medicines that could be of inferior quality or higher cost or even both. This may lead to irrational use of medicines, poor patient compliance, poor outcome of therapy, increased toxicity and reduced treatment satisfaction. Timely identification of the reasons for shortage of medicines and rectifying them would help to reduce the frequency of medicines shortage and ensure a continuous supply of medicines.

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