Pediatric clinics running out essential medicines, see no end to their woes

A pediatric clinic in Sungai Petani has been scrambling around for weeks to maintain the bare minimum of essential medicines on its shelf. The clinic has been running low on cough mixture, sore throat medication, paracetamol and antibiotics since April and the situation is not improving.

(The Malaysian Reserve) – “This week, I’m down to one percent for some of my essential medicines. And I’ve run out completely of antibiotics since last week,” Dr Harcharan Singh told The Malaysian Reserve.

The owner of Klinik Pakar Kanak-Kanak Harcharan, who has been in the business for more than two decades, is not the only pediatrician facing shortage of essential medicines.

A pediatric clinic in Ipoh, Perak, has also confirmed running out of stock of medicines like syrup paracetamol and cough syrup.

“My direct suppliers have kept postponing the delivery date. The last time, they talked about end-May. Now, it’s June. I’ve been picking up some of the supplies from the local pharmacies, but they don’t carry too much stock,” said Harcharan.

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