Media Reports – Asia

alphabetical by country

[International] Tanvi Ambulkar, Dire shortage of a broad-spectrum antibiotic raises concerns globally, MIMS Today, 13 July 2017.

[International] Keila Guimarães, Pharma’s Big Fail: Benzathine Penicillin shortages are bringing syphilis back all over the world, Quartz, 18 May 2017.

[Azerbaijan] Anon., Health ministry tries to prevent drug shortages after introduction of state price regulation on them [and 250 essential medicines],, 1 August 2015.

[Bhutan] Nirmala Pokhrel, Traditional medicines in short supply, Kuensel Online, 28 April 2016.

[China] David Paulk, China’s drug monopolies in regulators crosshairs, Sixth Tone, 27 November 2017.

[China] Anon., China moves to address shortages in life-saving medicines., 23 November 2017.

[China] Anon., Chinese Premier raises concerns over leukemia medicines shortage, The Pharma Letter, TPL, 22 November 2017

[China] Anon., China to step up production of low-cost medicines [6-MP], ECNS, 22 November 2017.

[China] Anon., In Hong Kong, women must wait for vaccine against cancer-causing HPV, ECNS, 3 November 2017.

[China] Ni Dandan, Shortage of critical leukemia drug [Nobel-winning 6 MP]  threatens ill children, Sixth Tone, 30 August 2017.

[China] Anon. New Monitoring will help fight drug shortages,, 26 January 2017.

[China] Eric Palmer, GSK runs into supply issues after China plant damaged by nearby explosion, Fierce Pharma, 8 September 2015.

[China] Anon, Drug shortage for patients with rare condition [Human chorionic gonadotrophin], Shanghai Daily, 18 July 2014.

[China] Shan Juan, Health agency to tackle drug shortage [10M people with hyperthyroidism], China Daily, 8 January 2014

[China] Dai Dai, Survey and Analysis on Drug Shortage in China, China Pharmacy, September 2010.

[India] Arpita Sharadi, Price-controlled medicines store face shortage, Times of India, 8 December 2017.

[India] Ruchir Kumar, Drug shortage in government hospitals: Bihar to provide 102 medicines free to patients, Hindustan Times, 24 November 2017. See also here.

[India] Moushumi Basu, A tranquilizer shortage is holding back rhino management plans in India, Mongabay, 16 November 2017.

[India] Ayan Pramanik, Price controls will devalue health care system in India, Business Standard, 10 November 2017.

[India] Rabiya Bashir, Hemophiliacs suffers as SMHS cannot purchase drug [Factor VIII due to contamination and price hikes], Kashmir Monitor, 6 November 2017.

[India] Anon., Drug shortage at Tibbi hospital Charminar, Deccan Chronicle, 13 October 2017.

[India] Satinder Pal Singh, Medicine shortage hits patients hard, The Tribune, 11 October 2017.

[India] Anon., Post-Dokalam, India plans to reduce its drug dependence [of 70-80%] on China, News Nation, 9 October 2017.

[India] Sushmi Deyl, India plans to lessen its drug reliance on China, Times of India, 8 October 2017.

[India] Nitish Sharma, Shortage of painkiller at Ambala hospital, Tribune India, 7 September 2017.

[India] Peethaambaran Kunnathor, Ayurveda drug manufacturers in KEral face operational crisis due to lack of SLA for grant and renewal of licences, Pharmabiz, 29 September 2017.

[India] Priyanka Vora, Thalassemia drug shortage hurts patients at Maharashtra’s free treatment centres, Scroll In, 26 September 2017.

[India] Anon., Meerut faces 50% shortage of essential drugs, Times of India, 25 September 2017.

[India]] Govind Sharma, GMC Jammu, associated hospitals facing shortage of medicines, surgical items, Daily Excelsior, 24 August 2017.

[India] Nantoo Banerjee, Tax tool should push growth [GST causing shortages] Millenium Post, 21 August 2017.

[India] Prasad Joshil, GMCH’s drug bills pile up [shortage blamed on supply chain and GST], Aurangabad News Times of India, 14 August 2017.

[India] Viswanath Pilla, Natco shifts focus from US to India amidst pricing pressure and competition in former market, Money Control, 11 August 2017.

[India] Ravi Chandel, Drug pharmacy centre faces shortage of medicines, Tribune, 7 August 2017.

[India] Anon., AAP government bid to end drug shortage in Delhi hospitals[lets them buy on their own], Asian Age, 4 August 2017.

[India] Nitin B. We have no facilities but patients see us as villains, Telangana doctors air their woes, The News Minute, 2 August 2017.

[India] Anon., Essential drug shortages affecting health centres in Odisha, The New Indian Express, 27 July 2017.

[India] Anon., 18 drug inspectors, 12 lab assts may join FDA, Hitavada, 23 July 2017.

[India] EMN, Org demands termination of ‘absconding’ TB officer of [Tuensang district], Eastern Mirror, 19 July 2017. See also here, here

[India] Anon., Commission potency causes drug shortage in Kerala, Manarama Online, 18 July 2017.

[India] Ramesh Shankar, SoP withdraws order on Wilson’s disease drug, penicillamine, as production supply improves,, 17 July 2017. See reports August and November 2016 below.

[India] GKNN, Mian Altaf anguished over shortage of life saving drugs, Greater Kashmir, 17 July 2017.

[India] Sumitra Debroyl, Maharashtra FDA starts helpline to tacle h1N1 shortage, Times of India, 14 July 2017. See also here.

[India] Prabha Raghavan, Remedy post-GST medicine shortages, government tells pharma companies, Economic Times, 14 July 2017.

[India] Anon., By I-Day, UP farmers to be free of debt [govt create agency to supply hospitals] Times of India, 14 July 2017.

[India] R. Jagannathan, Blocked at Doklam, What will China do next? [hostilities might provoke drug shortage], Swarajya, 13 July 2017.

[India] Prabhat Nair, Remedial action needed in medicine market, The New Indian Express, 10 July 2017.

[India] Anon., Price of life-saving drugs set to increase, New Indian Express, 8 July 2017.

[India] Sumitra Debroyl, Antiviral to treat H1N1 no longer controlled-Mumbai, Times of India, 7 July 2017.

[India] PT Jyothi Datta, GST and medicine shortages, Business Line, 6 July 2017.

[India] Rachel Chitral, Drug shortage in several parts of Tamil Nadu, Times of India, 6 July 2017.

[India] Laxmi Yadav, NPPA asked to take action against drug firms denying supplies to distributors in West Bengal, 5 July 2017.

[India] Rupali Mukherjee, GST on medicines: essential drugs to be sold at non GST price till August, Times of India, 2 July 2017. See also here, herehere, herehere, and here.

[India] TNN, GST effect: drug-makers expect shortage of medicines, Times of India, 30 June 2017. See also Joe Mathew here. And many other reports here, here, here, and here

[India[ Viswanath Pilla, IPCA says US FDA import ban on drugs relates to change in supply shortage in US,, 20 June 2017. See also here.

[India] Sreemoyee Chatterjee, GST shift: online pharmacies in business as stores run out, Times of India, 27 June 2016. See also here.

[India] Priyanka Vora, Spooked by the GST transition, drug retailers shrink stocks to minimise losses,, 19 June 2017. See contradictions, Rupali Mukherjee and here.

[India] Anon. 30% surge in sale of diabetes, heart drugs, Ahmedabad News, Times of India, 18 June 2017. See also here.

[India] Zia-ul Haq, No effect of blacklisting, hospitals still short of essential drugs, Kashimir Reader, 16 June 2017.

[India] Anon., Medicine shortage likely after June 20, Ahmedabad News, Times of India, 13 June 2017. See also here.

[India] Sohini Das, Drug shortages likely during tax transition [effect of new GST], Business Standard, 9 June 2017

[India] PT Jyothi Datta, Pharma distributors still comig to terms with GST regime, The Hindu, 6 June 2017.

[India] Navtan Kumar, AIDS patients facing severe shortage of drugs, Sunday Guardian, 6 May 2017.

[India] Rupali Mukherjee, GST [tax] jitters spark drug shortage fears, Times of India, 4 May 2017.

[India] Maitri Porecha et al, 600 babies face HIV drug shortage [company stops making product], DNA India, 10 March 2017. See also here

[India] Menaka Rao, Drug pricing authority warns stent manufacturers against creating an ‘articial shortage,, 19 February 2017.

[India] Rituraj Borthakur, Shortage of drug inspectors posing challenge, Assam Tribune, 18 December 2016.

[India] Manoj Bidkar, Acute drug shortage cripples patients [Wilson’s disease], Pune Mirror, 25 November 2016. See update, 17 July above.

[India] Prabprat Nair, No recovery in sight for ‘headless’ KMSCL, New Indian Express, 11 November 2016.

[India] Ramesh Shankar, Panacea Biotec takes initiatives to solve shortage of Wilson’s disease drug D-Penicillamine,, 11 November 2016. See update, 17 July 2017

[India] Sushmi Deyl, Drug crisis in store if Sino-Indian ties worsen, Times of India, 4 October 2016. See also.

[India] Veena Mani, Shortage of drugs for Wilson’s disease, drug makers asked to fix local supply issue, Business Standard, 1 October 2016. See also here and here.

[India], Anon., Supply restored, but shortage of life-saving drug affects thalassemia patients, Indian Express, 23 September 2016.

[India] Gireesh Babu, Drug makers seek policy aid to reduce China reliance, Business Standard, 10 September 2016.

[India] Rupalee Mukherjeel, Patient campaigns for access to drug, company denies shortage, Times of India, 10 September 2016.

[India] Priyanka Vora, Thalassemia patients complain of shortage of life-saving drug that removes excess iron from blood [Novartis denies shortage],, 9 September 2016.

[India] Gireesh Babu, Pharma sector raises concerns over proposed incentives cut, Business Standard News, 8 September 2016.

[India] Anon., Drug shortage–not HIV–is killing children in Chhattisgarh, Scroll in, 5 September 2016.

[India] Afshan Yasmeen, Thalassemia patients worried about shortage of life-saving drug, The Hindu, 28 August 2016. See also here.

[India] Nupur Jha, Wilson’s Disease:shortage of drugs worries patients; International Business Times, 25 August 2016.

[India] Anon., Drug shortage ails dispensaries, The Hans India, 24 August 2016.

[India] Anon., Drugs shortage at Ayurveda hospital; patients forced to purchase fro market, The Hitavada, 19 August 2016.

[India] Geeta Sharma, Kerala: price slash leads to essential drug shortage, Medical Dialogues, 1 July 2016

[India] Preetu Nairl, Shortage of cancer and other drugs in hospitals, Times of India, 29 June 2016.

[India] Menaka Rao, Maharashtra’s HIV patients battle an acute shortage of drugs, Scroll in, 20 June 2016.

[India] Zehru Nissa, Where are free drugs promised by Government? Greater Kashmir, 15 June 2016

[India] Malaty Iyerl, Wilson’s disease patients in a fix as medicine shortage turns acute, Times of India, 1 August 2016.

[India] Viswanath Pilla, Five things to know about Sun Pharma’s US grand jury subpoena, Live Mint, 30 May 2016. [generic prices too high]

[India] Kamal Mishra, Space, drug shortages ail medical rooms at stations, Mumbai Mirror, 12 April 2016.

[India] Lydia Ramsey, There’s a counterintuitive reason why we’re running out of prescription drugs [prices too low], Business Insider-India, 4 April 2016.

[India] Yogesh Pawar, Are we in danger of slowing the march against HIV/AIDs? DNA India, 3 April 2016.

[India] Nozia Sayyed, Pune battles HIV drug shortage as ART centres halt supply, Pune Mirror, 28 March 2016.

[India] Himani Chandna, Regulator set to ban 1,200 more drugs, chemists warm of shortage, Hindustan Times, 18 March 2016.

[India] Zehru Nissa, Kashmir hospitals face shortage of drugs as JKMSCL misses deadline, Greater Kashmir, 31 January 2016.

[India] Divya Rajagopal, Onus on senior management of drugmakers to maintain quality, says FAD’s report,The Economic Times, 29 January 2016.

[India] Suhail Bhat, PHC Khanmoh [Srinigar] faces staff, drug shortage. Daily Excelsior, 22 January 2016.

[India] Papri Chatterjee, SSKM faces drug shortage, The Statesman, 2 January 2016.

[India] Anon., New unit to help Ayurveda college meet med needs, Times of India, 20 December 2015.

[India] Anon., Severe shortage of well equipped drug inspectors hurting pharma exports,, 10 December 2015.

[India] Anon., Severe shortage of well equipped drug inspectors hurting pharma exports, New Indian Express, 9 December 2015.

[India] Pranav Kumar Chaudhary, Absence of health minister irks Opposition in House, Times of India, 8 December 2015.

[India] Anon., Patients suffer as JAKs hit by drug shortage, The Pioneer, 21 October 2015.

[India] Santosh Sonawane, FDA readies option to counter drug shortage, Times of India, 14 October 2015.

[India] Anon., Fund crunch forces NGOs to quit HIV prevention project, Pune NYOOZ, 13 October 2015.

[India] Prashant Reddy, Should India worry about a dramatic price rise of old drugs, The Wire, 29 September 2015.

[India] Aloyisius Xavier Lopez, Drug shortage hits Corporation vet clinics [dog vaccines], The Hindu, 26 September 2015.

[India] Manoj Jalani, Drug shortage in Bihar hosps irks Union official, The Times of India, 16 September 2015.

[India]  Anon., Drug shortage in Bihar hosps irks Union official, Times of India, 16 September 2015.

[India] Santosh Andhale, FDA to dicuss albumin shortage with producers today, DNA, 28 August 2015.

[India], Shardul Nautiyal, Albumin shortage persists in city [Mumbai] as plasma availability remains restricted,, 23 July 2015.

[India] Nozia Sayyed, Alarming shortage of HIV drugs brought to notice of the Centre, Pune Mirror, 1 July 2015.

[India] Santosh Andhale et al, Life-saving liver cancer drug lipiodol faces acute shortage, DNA, 19 June 2015.

[India] Priyanka Vora, Anti-HIV shortage in Maharashtr, Hindustan Times, 17 June 2015.

[India] Kunal Chonkar, New regulations by government lead to shortage of life-saving drug Human Serum Albumin in Mumbai, DNA, 2 June 2015.

[India] Ronalisa Parida, Shortage of free medicines at MKCG’s drug distribution centre leaves patients disappointed, India of Berhampur, 2 May 2015.

[India] Ma Degree, Prove drug shortage charge, I will resign [health minister over flu medication], Ahmedabad Mirror, 23 February 2015.

[India] Swati Jha, State, civic body deny essential drug shortage [asthma and COPD], The Asian Age, 13 February 2015.

[India] News Service, Will tackle H1N1 drug shortage [tamiflu vaccine], The New Indian Express, 13 February 2015.

[India] Swati Jha, Drug shortage affecting kids, The Asian Age, 20 January 2015.

[India] Swati Jha, MDR-TB drug shortage continues, The Asian Age, 12 January 2015.

[India] TNN, Anti-H1N1 drug shortage feared as another tests +ve in Hyderabad, Times of India, 20 December 2014.

[India] Anon. World AIDS day today: drug shortage hits HIV patients hard in India, Microfinance Monitor, 1 December 2014.

[India] MSF, MSF urges India to stand strong against attack [from USA and pharma] on affordable medicines, MSF press release, 25 November 2014

[India] Anon. NHRC [National Human Rights Commission] raps health ministry for delaying report on shortage of HIV drugs, DNA, 31 October 2014.

[India] Lydia Smith, 150,000 HIV/AIDS patients face life-saving drugs shortage over bureaucratic hurdles, International Business Times, 1 October 2014

[India] Andrew Jack, Access to good therapy is big issue for cancer patients in poorer nations, Financial Times, 26 September 2014.

[India] IANS, NHRC notice to health ministry over HIV drug shortage, Business Standard News, 18 September 2014.

[India] Zeba Siddiqui and Aditya Kaira, Poor patients in India facing HIV/AIDS drug shortage, Reuters, 4 September 2014.

[India] Jyoti Shelar, HIV+ patients sue Centre for shortage of drugs, Mumbai Mirror, 4 September 2014.

[India] Reuters, India battles HIV/AIDS drug shortage as some firms halt supply, Fox News, 4 September 2014.

[India] Maitri Porecha, Mumbai AIDS drugs shortage problem resolved, DNAIndia, 13 August 2014.

[India] Maya Sharma, Government to slash prices of over 100 drugs; pharma firms call it flawed, NDTV, 16 July 2014.

[India] Maitri Porecha, Paris health meet shames India on TB drugs shortage, DNA, 3 November 2013.

[India] Malathy Iyer, Indians booed at global meet for ‘genocide of TB patients’ Times of India, 3 November 2013.

[India] DHNS, Drug shortage likely to hit HIV treatment, Deccan Herald, 4 October 2013.

[India] Anon. Sun Pharm shines on cancer drug shortage, The Hindu, 26 September 2013.

[India] Rupali Mukherjee, Drug shortage looms as pharma policy hurts margins, Times of India, 31 August 2013.

[India] Pushpa Narayan, Tamil Nadu among states likely to face drug shortage as retailers look for more profits, Times of India, 31 August 2013.

[India] Ullekh NP, Mumbai’s Sewri TB Hospital faces drug shortage: Government in denial, The Economic Times, 1 August 2013.

[India] C. Maya, TB drugs, shortage ripples reach state [Kerala], The Hindu, 29 July 2013.

[India] Shreyah Shah and Kirshna Pokharel, TB patients, activists protest drug shortage, Wall Street Journal, 27 June 2013.

[India] Alifiya Khan, Life-saving drug shortage in parts of Pune, DNA, 14 June 2013.

[India] Avneet Arora, India faces drug shortage against rising tuberculosis cases, Channel NewsAsia, 10 June 2013.

[India] Reuters, Merck unit sues India’s Glenmark over diabetes drug, Globe and Mail, 2 April 2013.

[India] Dirk Matten, India’s generics drug ruling will help, not hinder, innovation, Globe and Mail, 2 April 2013.

[India] Stephanie Nolen, Novartis loses landmark India patent case on cancer drug, Globe and Mail, 1 April 2013.

[India] Edward Gresser, India has invalidated, rejected or otherwise compromised five cancer medicine patents this year, Progressive Economy, Trade Fact of the Week, 28 November 2012

[India] Kaustubh Kulkarni and Ben Hirschler, India revokes Roche patent in new blow for Big Pharma, Globe and Mail, 1 November 2012.

[India] Nirmalya Syam, New Indian policy on access to medicine, South Views, 18 September 2012.

[India] Umesh Isalkar, State faces shortage of anti-malaria drugs, Times of India, 31 July 2012.

[India] Henry Foy, India to provide free generic drugs, Globe and Mail, 4 July 2012

[India] BS Reporter, Natco to sell Bayer-patented cancer drug Nexavar, Business Standard, 13 March 2012.

[India] Stephanie Nolen, Drug companies watching India’s drug patent case, Globe and Mail 25 March 2012.

[India] Reuters, Cheap generic drugs no panacea for India’s poorest, The Times of India, 18 March 2012.

[Indonesia] Anon., Bali: Vested interest within the departmentspreading false news about drug shortage. Brighter Kashmir, 31 August 2017.

[Iran] Anon., FDA says drug shortages reduced to bare minimum. Financial Tribune, 10 August 2017.

[Iran] Anon., Domestic medicine crisis ends, says head of 13-Aban Pharmacy [attributed to sanctions], Financial Tribune, 8 May 2017.

[Iran] Declan Butler, Iran hit by drug shortages, Nature News, 3 December 2013.

[Iran] Daniel Nasaw, Iran drug shortage: US Iranians send medicine to avert crisis, BBC News Magazine, 10 January 2013.

[Iran] Assal Reza, La pénurie des medicaments fait des victimes, Le Monde, 2 January 2013.

[Iran] Payvand Iran News & Radio Zamaneh, Blood disease sufferers face drug shortage in Iran, 20 July 2013.

[Iran] Reuters, Dubai, Ahmadinejad fires Itan’s only female cabinet minister. Health Minister had criticized colleagues over shortages of medicines. Globe and Mail, 27 December 2012.

[Iraq–Kurdistan] Mohamad Dargalaye, Child dies of thalassemia as result of Baghdad’s sanction on drug supplies to Kurdistan, basnews, 21 November 2017.

[Iraq] AFP, Drug shortages and maulnutrition in Mosul, Daily Mail, 21 February 2017.

[Iraq] Anon., Kurdistan Regional Government urges Iraq to comepensate for drug shortage caused by refugee influx, Rudaw, 31 December 2016.

[Israel] Ido Efrati, Israeli hospitals weigh usage of crucial antibiotic [tazocin] amid globabl shortage, Haaretz, 3 July 2017.

[Japan] Eric Palmer, GSK runs into supply issues after China plant damaged by nearby explosion, Fierce Pharma, 8 September 2015.

[Korea] Lee Hye-Seon, Two orphan drugs [Dapsone and Mexiletine] find manufacturers in Korea, Korea Biomedical Review, 12 October 2017.

[Korea[ Lee Hye-seon, Ministry to focus on stable supply of essential drugs, Korea Biomedical Review, 17 August 2017

[Lebanon] Anon. Panic buying leads to shortage of H1N1 medication in Beirut, The Daily Star, 20 February 2016.

[Malaysia] Brenda Lau, MOH: Problems faced by drug manufacturers part of the reason behind drug shortage at government hospitals. MIMS, 24 August 2017.

[Malaysia] Anon., Health Ministry blames pharmaceutical firms for drug shortage, The Malaysian Insight, 19 August 2017. See also here.

[Malaysia] Jason Santos et al., Drug shortage ails patients in gov’t hospitals, Malayasian Insight, 14 August 2017.

[Malaysia] Karen Arukesamy, RM380m cut from health ministry budget restored, Sun Daily, 16 November 2016. See also here.

[Nepal] Anon., Drug shortage hits Jajarkot patients hard, Himalayan Times, 5 November 2017.

[Nepal] Anon., Medicine shortage in viral fever-affected Corkha village, Kathmandu Post, 2 November 2017.

[Nepal] Diliram Khatiwada, Drug shortage in Udayapur as local bodes fail to release funds, Kathmandu Post, 1 November 2017.

[Nepal] Anon. Dengue downs over 300 sparks drug shortage [of diagnostic kits] in Mahottari district, Kathmandu Post, 27 October 2017.

[Nepal] Anon., Drug shortage hits health facilities, The Himalayan Times, 23 October 2017.

[Nepal] Bira Gadal, Medicine shortage hits Baitadi health institutions, My Republica, 8 October 2017.

[Nepal] Bhim Bahadur Singh, Shortage of medicines, health staff in Jajarkot, Kathmandu Post, 19  July 2017.

[Nepal] Jyoti Katuwal, Medicine shortage in 67 health posts, Kathmandu Post, 24 August 2017.

[Nepal] Anon. Drug shortage in Solukumbu, Kathmandu Post,  3 February 2017.

[Nepal] Anon. Government struggling to ease drugs shortage, Kathmandu Post, 2 February 2017.

[Nepal] Anon. Bajura health facilities under acute drugs shortage, The Himalyan Times, 12 December 2016.

[Nepal] Anon., Essential drug shortage in Siraha, Kathmandu Post, 1 September 2016.

[Nepal] Prakash Singh, national campaign to end drug shortage, Himalayan Times, 9 June 2016.

[Nepal] Anon., Bajura reeling under medicine shortage, The Himalyan, 1 June 2016.

[Nepal] Anon. Drug crunch hits far-west hills district, Himalayan Times, 25 December 2015.

[Nepal] Anon. Growing drug shortage worries donors, Himalayan Times, 9 December 2015.

[Nepal] Anon., Drug shortage hists Rautahat Hospital, The Himalyan Times, 10 November 2015.

[Nepal] Anon., Drug shortage hits hospitals, The Himalayan Times, 6 November 2015.

[Nepal] Anon., Ramechap reeling under shortage of drugs, The Himalayan Times, 5 November 2015.

[Nepal] Anon., Shortage of drugs hits patients in several districts, Kathmandu Post, 1 November 2015.

[Nepal] Correspondent, Fuel, medicine shortage paralyses Valley hospitals, The Himalayan Times, 9 October 2015.

[Nepal] Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Saptari hospitals face drug shortage due to Bandh, The Himalayan Times, 3 October 2015.

[Nepal] Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Janakpur districts reel under acute drug shortage due to bandh, The Himalayan Times, 23 September 2015.

[Nepal] Dambar Singh Rai, Khotang folks face drug shortage,, 29 March 2014.

[Pakistan-Lahore] Zaheer Mahmood Siddiqui, Essential medicines in short supply for months, Dawn, 13 November 2017.

[Pakistan] Editorial. Medicine shortage [2 conflicting views], Dawn, 8 November 2017.

[Pakistan] Iftikhar A. Khan, No shortage of drugs in the country, minister tells Senate, Dawn, 7 November 2017.

[Pakistan] Anon. Sit-in against shortage of medicines, The Nation, 16 October, 2017.

[Pakistan] Editorial, Drug shortage [hydrocortisone], Dawn, 22 August 2017.

[Pakistan] Anon., Markets face shortage of hepatitis C, renal failure drugs, Dawn, 20 July 2017.

[Pakistan] Imran Chaudry, Morphine shortage hits hospitals, Daily Times, 22 January 2017. See also here.

[Pakistan] Elizabeth Marlin, Medicine mania, Enterstageright, 31 October 2016.

[Pakistan] Tooba Jivani, Shortage of maternal drugs, Pakistan Today, 15 September 2015.

[Pakistan] Anon. Concern over drug shortage [oxytocin and methylergometrine], The International News, 11 September 2016.

[Pakistan] Ashfaq Yusufzai, Delay in handing over health units to DHO causes drug shortage, Dawn, 24 June 2016.

[Pakistan] Mohammed Bilal Tahir, Acute shortage of TB drugs prolongs, Business Recorder, 13 June 2016.

[Pakistan] Anon. Granting subsidies to manufacturers can ease drugs shortage, Daily Times, 5 August 2016.

[Pakistan] Anon. Drug regulation [price hikes lead to shortages], The News, 20 February 2016.

[Pakistan] Anon. Leprosy Hospital Manghopir faces drug shortages, Business Recorder, 22 December 2015.

[Pakistan] Faiza Ilyas, Shortage of folic aside drugs endangers health of newborns,, 11 June 2015.

[Pakistan] Dr. Mukhtar Ali, Wilful Shortage,, 24 May 2015.

[Pakistan] Correspondent, Pharma industry fears drugs shortage could worsen, The Express Tribune, 23 January 2015.

[Pakistan] Shahram Haq, Industry woes: drug shortage feared as consignments stuck at ports, The Express Tribune, 1 October 2014.

[Pakistan] Sehrif Wahif, Unforeseen casualty: shortage of life-saving drugs feared in the coming weeks, The Express Tribune, 18 June 2014.

[Pakistan] Staff reporter, Acute shortage of medicines jeopardises lives, The Nation, 27 March 2014.

[Pakistan] GaBI, Pricing dispute causing drug shortages in Pakistan, GaBI online, Generics and Biosimilars Initiative, 17 January 2014.

[Pakistan] Saad Hasan, Dispute drags on: deadlock over prices leads to shortage of drugs, The Express Tribune, 15 October 2013.

[Pakistan] Sehrish Wasif, Thalassemic children left at the mercy of fate, The Express Tribune, 6 March 2013. [deferasirox is an oral patented iron chelating agent made only by Novartis]

[Palestinian territories–Gaza Strip] Anon. No drug for relieving pain of Gaza people, Tasnim News Agency, 24 July 2017.

[Palestinian territories–Gaza Strip] Anon., UN: increasing shortage of medicines, fuel for essential services in Gaza, Middle East Monitor, 28 June 2017.

[Palestinian territories–Gaza Strip] Anon. Drug shortage could cause healthcare crisis in Gaza, Daily Sabah, 23 May 2017

[Palestinian territories] DB/HJL/HMV Cancer patients in besieged Gaza suffer drug shortage, Press TV, 12 September 2014.

[Palestinian territories] Anonymous, Hamas: Egypt closing Gaza border criminel, News24, 18 March 2014.

[Palestinian territories] Nassouh Nazzal, Drug shortage hits Palestinian Health Ministry, Gulf News, 23 February 2014.

[Qatar] Sidi Mohamed, Supply woes lead to drug shortage in Qatar, The Peninsula Qatar, 13 May 2017.

[Russia] Anon., Russian chamber of commerce warns of drug shortages due to low pricing, The Pharma Letter, 18 July 2017.

[Russia] Daria Litvinova, Russia’s HIV patients struggle to get treatment, The Moscow Times, 16 September 2015.

[Ukraine] AFP, Fear as Ukraine faces HIV drug shortage, Independent Online, 27 May 2015.

[Ukraine] Andrew Roth, In rebel territory of Ukraine, older residents fight to live, New York Times, 15 April 2015.

[Ukraine] URW, Civilians struggle to get medical care, Human Rights Watch, 13 March 2015.

[United Arab Emirates] Asma All Zain, Prices of 188 medicines to be reduced, Khaleej Times, 28 August 2015.

[United Arab Emirates] Zainab Al Hassani, Drug Shortages Affect Patient Care, The National, 11 March 2012.

[Sri Lanka] Anon., Health minister asssures no drug shortage in government hospitals, SriLanka Internet Newspaper, 30 August 2017.

[Sri Lanka] Thilanka Kanakarathna, Flood hit areas safe from dengue epidemic, Daily Mirror, 4 June 2017. See also here.

[Sri Lanka] Anon., Health Ministry refutes claims of influenza drug shortage at state hospitals, Colombo Page, 18 April 2017.

[Sri Lanka] Anon. Health Ministry receives 82 complaints on errant pharmacies [raising prices],, 9 November 2016.

[Sri Lanka] Carol Aloysius, Drug shortages add to consumer woes after price revision, Sunday Observer, 6 November 2016.

[Sri Lanka] Anon. Gazette on drug price reduction issued this week,, 17 October 2016.

[Sri Lanka] Anon. Double blow to Moulana’s family, Ceylon Daily News,  21 June 2016.

[Sri Lanka] Anon. Good drugs at a good price the Sri Lankan bottleneck, The Island, 5 May 2016.

[Sri Lanka] Nadira Gunnatilleke, No room for drug shortage, Ceylon Daily News, 5 May 2016.

[Sri Lanka] Anon. Programme launched to prevent drug shortages in 2017,, 9 April 2016.

[Sri Lanka] Rishan Hannan, Shortage of essential drugs in govt hospitals; underprivileged worst affected, News First, 5 April 2016.

[Sri Lanka] Nirmala Kannangara, Why is NMRA a bitter pill for Rajitha to swallow. The Sunday Leader, 21 February 2016

[Sri Lanka] Anon. Health ministry rejects drug shortage, News.LK, 16 February 2016.

[Sri Lanka] Anon. A shortage of pharmaceuticals at main hospitals, Hiru News, 12 Februrary 2016.

[Sri Lanka] Anon. Drugs to be airlifted to overcome shortage [for patients with kidney disease]. The Island, 7 February 2016.

[Sri Lanka] Parliament-Prime Minister, Biggest ever funding for Sri Lanka’s health Service [includes measures of shortages], News.LK, 24 April 2015.

[Syria] SZH/HSN, WHO says drug shortage in Syria has led to critical situation, PressTV, 20 September 2013.

[Syria] Drug shortage hits Syrians hard, Saudi Gazette, 18 September 2013.

[Syria] Toby Pitts-Tucker Healthcare in Syria is close to collapse as drug shortages bite, BMJ, 9 August 2012.

[Taiwan] Lee-i-Chia, Ministry of Health andWelfare drafts drug shortage bill [mandatory reporting in advance], Taipei Times,  25 August 2016.

[Thailand] Anon., Row [over procurement channels] puts HIV patients at risk, Bangkok Post, August 2017.

[Thailand] Lamphai Intathep, GPO [Gov’t Pharmaceutical Organization] board sacks director amid drugs shortage complaints [HIV drugs] Bangkok Post, 27 October 2014.

[Turkey] See Europe.

[Vietnam] Tuoi tre, Vietnam parents take infants abroad for vaccination given local drug shortage, Tuoitrenews, 26 June 2014.

[Vietnam] Ho Binh Minh, Lethal drug shortage offers Vietnam death-row prisoners reprieve, Reuters, 29 May 2012.