Media Reports – Other Countries

45 Countries in alphabetical order

[International-Europe] Ingrid Torjesen, Drug shortages. It’s time for Europe to Act, Pharmaceutical Journal, 29 January 2015.

[International] International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers, Plan to prevent drug shortages, released 14 October 2014. [plan can be downloaded from this site]

[International] International Call to Action to Alleviate Drug Shortages–European Hematology Association, American Society of Hematology, European Cancer Patient Coalition, 16 June 2012

[International] Andy Gray and Henri Manasse, WHO shortages of medicines: a complex global challenge, WHO Bulletin, 30 March 2012.

[Argentina] Karina Martinez- Carter, Argentine shortages range from drugs to salmon on import cuts, Bloomberg, 19 April 2012.

[Armenia] Armenian News, Hemophilia patients face drug shortage in Armenia,, 17 April 2013.

[Australia] ABC News, Patients warned over shortage of hyperthyroidism drug [carbimazole], ABC News, 24 October 2013.

[Australia] Margot O’Neill, Australia faces drug shortages: experts. Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Lateline, 7 March 2012.

[Brazil] Maria Paul Neira, Brazilian drug shortage threatens Chagas treatment worldwide, NTN24 News, 14 October 2011

[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.

[Colombia] Zach Edling, Drug shortages put thousands of Colombians at risk, Colombia Reports, 23 November 2012

[Egypt] Amina Abdul Salam, New factory to combat drug shortage, The Egyptian Gazette, 25 June 2013.

[England, see UK below]

[Europe] Michael Mezher, European industry group calls for drug shortage reporting standards, Regulatory Affairs Professional Society, 2 February 2015.

[Europe] Ingrid Torjesen, Drug shortages. It’s time for Europe to Act, Pharmaceutical Journal, 29 January 2015.

[Europe] Sean Milmo, Tackling drug shortages, Pharmaceutical Technology, 2 November 2014.

[Europe] James Fitz-Morris, 6 potential stumbling blocks to Canada-EU trade deal, Politics CBC News, 7 March 2013.

[Europe] Foo Yun Chee & Rex Merrifield [Reuters], EU regulators charge J&J, Novartis over generic painkiller delay, Globe and Mail, 31 January 2013.

[Europe] Eric Palmer, EMA wants manufacturers to offer up drug shortage risk analysis, FiercePharma Manufacturing, 27 November 2012.

[Europe] Sten Stovall, Drug makers are right to seek protection for EU’s poorest nations. The Source, WSJ, 25 June 2012

[Europe] Sten Stovall, EU drug makers seek key concessions to overcome supply concerns in Greece, Spain, Globe, 26 June 2012, B3.

[Europe] Jeanne Whalen and Sten Stoval, Drug firms urge price action. Steep discounts in five European nations create shortages, industry group says, Wall Street Journal, 25 June 2012.

[Europe] Biosimilars and cancer drug shortages in Europe, Pharma News, Generics and Biosimilars Initiative, 18 November 2011.

[Finland] K. Heiskanen et al., Medicine shortages: A study of community pharmacies in Finland, Health Policy, 118 (2), 11 November 2014.

[France] Laurent Vissuzaine, Pourquoi votre pharmacien manque de médicaments, La Republique des Pyrénées, 17 July 2012.

[France] Sébstien Krebs, Medicaments: la pénurie gagne la France,  Europe 1, 3 October 2011.

[France] Angela Bolis, Dans un marché mondialisé, les pénuries de médicaments s’intensifient, Le Monde, 29 August 2011.

[France] Pénurie de médicaments: Plusieurs explications, France Soir, 3 August 2011.

[Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, etc] GaBi, BIosimilars and cancer drug shortages in Europe, Pharma News, Generics and Biosimilars Initiative, 18 November 2011.

[Ghana] Graphic Online, Drug shortage hits Accra Psychiatric Hospital, Citi FM Online, 26 August 2014.

[Ghana] Ghana Web, Korle-Bu faces drug shortage [magnesium sulphate], GhanaWeb, 21 July 2014

[Ghana] Ghana Web, HIV patients risk developing residence as drug shortage hits Ghana, HIV Haven, 21 June 2012.

[Greece--see also Europe above] Andrew Jack and Kerin Hope, Athens urged to import generic drugs, Financial Times, 17 March 2013.

[Greece] Karolina Tagaris, Greek health system in poor condition, Globe and Mail, 14 June 2012

[Greece] Lizzy Davis, Greek debt crisis: chronic drug shortage risking lives of the sick, Guardian, 8 June 2012.

[Guyana] KNEWS, Linden Hospital Complex short of over 40 essential pharmaceutical drugs, Kaieteur News, 19 January 2014.

[Guyana] KNEWS, Health ministry looks to tackle drugs shortage, Kaieteur News, 8 January 2014.

[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

[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 & Raido 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.

[Italy] David Jolly, Italy fines Novartis and Roche in Collusion Case, New York Times, 5 March 2014.

[Italy] U. Tirelli et al., Oncologic drug shortages also in Italy, European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences, 16 (1): 138-139, Jan. 2012.

[Kenya] Angela Oketch, Power games blamed for shortage of drugs, Daily Nation, 30 October 2014.

[Kenya] R. K. Sudoi et al, The magnitude and trend of artemether-lumefantrine stock-outs at public health facilities in Kenya, Malaria Journal 10.1186: 8 February 2012.

[Liberia] Winston W. Parley, Liberia: More drugs shortage still at central prison, All Africa, 9 January 2014.

[Malawi] Hudson Mphande, KCH suspends elective surgeries: Malawi drug shortage ‘crisis’, Nyasa Times, 19 August 2014.

[Malawi] Alfred Chauwa, Drug shortage to continue plague Malawi health care, Nyasa Times, 10 August 2014.

[Malawi] Imani M. Cheers, Preventing drug shortages with cell phones in Malawi, PBS NewsHour, 8 May 2013.

[Malawi] Rex Chikoko, Drug shortage hits Malawi, Africa Review, 1 September 2011.

[Malawi] Claire Ngozo, Painkillers prescribed for malaria amid drug shortage. All Africa, 16 November 2011.

[Malawi] Rebecca Chimjeka, Donors Save Malawi on drug shortage,, 8 January 2012.

[Malta] Duncan Barry, Burinex tablets out of stock, Independent, 13 June 2014.

[Namibia] Kuzeeko Tjitemisa, National pain over drug shortages. All Africa, 10 July 2014.

[Namibia] Theresia Tjihenuna, Namibia: Drugs shortage triggers panic, All Africa, 6 June 2014.

[Namibia] Theresia Tjihenuna, Namibia: Ministry denies drug shortage, All Africa, 23 August 2013.

[Namibia] Theresia Tjihenuna, Drug shortage hits Govt medical stores, The Namibian, 22 August 2013.

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

[Netherlands and Austria] T.B. Yves Liem et al. Drug shortages: the Experience from Netherlands and Austria, European Journal of Hospital Pharmacists, Feb. 2004.

[New Zealand] Waikato Times, Cholesterol drug shortage a worry for pharmacists., 8 January 2015.

[New Zealand] ABC, Hospital coping with cancer drug shortage, Yahoo! New Zealand News, 2 March 2012.

[New Zealand] Dinesh Chandra Gaur, Drug Shortage Crisis, 24 September 2011.

[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] 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.

[Senegal] Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Unreported world: Africa’s drug scandal [on morphine shortages, Channel 4 News, 29 May 2014.

[Solomon Islands] Edie Ossifelo, Villagers claim Fauabu faces drug shortage, Solomon Star, 9 January 2015

[Solomon Islands] Bradford Theonomi, Hospital faces drug shortage, Solomon Star, 24 October 2013.

[South Africa] Anon., Drug shortage at Gauteng Hospital  [anesthetics, surgeries cancelled], The Citizen, 2 December 2014.

[South Africa] Katharine Child, Ritalin drug shortage will be resolved soon, Times Live, 5 September 2014.

[South Africa] Katharine Child, Drug shortages killing patients [irinotecan], Times Live, 28 July 2014.

[South Africa] SAPA, Chemo drug shortage halts treatment, IOL News, 23 April 2014.

[South Africa] Health & Science report, S. Africa minister denies shortage of HIV drugs, Onislam, 15 March 2014.

[South Africa] eNCA, Motlanthe visits HIV orphans n face of drug shortage protests, ENCA, 1 December 2013.

[South Africa] Tiisetso Motsoeneng, Half a million people affected by HIV/AIDS drug shortage in South Africa, MedCity News, 28 November 2013.

[South Africa] Pini Bothoko, Drug shortage undermines delivery clinics, MMEGI, 23 August 2013.

[South Africa] Ntando Makhubu, Drug shortage sparks health fears, Independent OnLine IOL News, 6 July 2013.

[South Africa] Sipokazi Fokazi, Drug shortage sparks desperation, IOL News, 12 July 2012.

[South Africa] Frank Maponya, ARVs shortage panic, The Sowetan, 7 May 2012

[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.

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

[Trinidad and Tobago] S. Freeman Curepe, Drug shortage killing cancer patients in need, Trinidad Express, 16 August 2014.

[Uganda] Agnes Nantabi, Pader short of nodding disease drug, New Vision, 7 January 2014.

[Uganda] Raymond Baguma, Health ministry clarifies on ARV drug shortage [blames hospitals and clinics], New Vision, 2 August 2013.

[Uganda] Bill Oketch, Drug shortage hits Amolatar, Daily Monitor, 29 May 2013.

[Uganda] Sarah Tumwebaze, Cancer institute faces drug shortage, Saturday Monitor, 5 March 2013.

[Uganda] Paul Abusharizi, Uganda: Do we really have drug shortage? All Africa, 8 May 2012.

[UK] John Kay, The true value of a life is not about the pharmaceutical costs, Financial Times, 24 March 2015.

[UK] Anon., Staffordshire cancer victims face having treatments stopped over drug shortage [of BCG for bladder cancer], Stoke Sentinel, 21 January 2015.

[UK], British Association of Urological Surgeons, Update on BCG Supplies, November 2014.

[UK] Anon., Morecambe dad’s fury over cancer drug shortage, The Visitor, 25 November 2014.

[UK] Anon. Group tackles drug shortage, Stoke Sentinel, 11 October 2014.

[UK] In the media, Drug shortage views aired [on BBC], Pharmaceutical Journal, 5 September 2014.

[UK] Stephen Robinson, GP anger over drug shortages, GPonline, 1 August 2014

[UK] Laura Donnelly, Patients being harmed by drug shortages, doctors warn, The Telegraph, 1 August 2014.

[UK] Fiona Barry, UK says hidden drugs shortage ‘getting worse’ as generics supply slows.  In-Pharma, 31 July 2014

[UK] Anon. Patients receiving ‘second choice’ drugs because of supply shortages, Guardian, 31 July 2014.

[UK-Scotland] STV, NHS Grampian apology after drug shortage at Royal Cornhill Hospital [Aberdeen], STV, 8 July 2014.

[UK] Bryce Elder, Hikma on a high from drugs shortage, Financial Times, 2 January 2014.

[UK] Video. Cancer Research express concern over NHS drug shortage, Telegraph, 13 July 2012

[UK] BBC News Wales. NHS drugs: Prioritize patients over exports, says MP, BBC News, 24 June 2012.

[UK] Rowena Mason and Rebecca Smith, Lives put at risk by shortage of drugs NHS leaders warned, Telegraph, 22 June 2012

[UK] Hannah Furness, Drug shortage caused by sales to EU, MPs say. Telegraph, 29 June 2012.

[UK] Denis Campbell, Drug shortages posing threat to seriously ill patients, The Guardian, 23 June 2012

[UK] Sten Stovall, UK Lawmakers say parallel trade causing drug shortages, Wall Street Journal, 15 May 2012.

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

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

[Venezuela] Anon. China Meheco to ease drug shortages [caused by lack of foreign currency], Pharma and Health Care Insight, July 2014.

[Venezuela] Roberto Deniz, Drugs shortage in Venezuela [averages] 40% [of needed supply], El Universal, 25 February 2013.

[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.

[Zambia] Alvin Chinga and Panic Malawo, ‘Drugs shortage artificial, says Kasonde,’ Zambia Daily Mail, 13 February 2015.

[Zambia] Chila Namaiko, Drug shortage hits Macha hospital, 7 February 2015.

[Zambia], APA, Zambian government acts on drug shortage [blames local hospitals], Star Africa, 23 July 2014

[Zambia] Chanda Chimba, Zambia faces shortage of anti-AIDS drugs, Voice of American, 17 August 2013.

[Zimbabwe] Tonderaye Matonho, Under-threat medicinal plants panacea to drug shortages, NewsDay Zimbabwe, 1 October 2014.

[Zimbabwe] Anon. Shortage of epilepsy drugs in Zimbabwe, IRIN Africa, 11 August 2014.

[Zimbabwe] Staff reporter, Cash crisis: hospitals battle drug shortages, New Zimbabwe, 17 July 2014.

[Zimbabwe] Anon. Zimbabwe: Masvingo runs out of drugs, All Africa, 28 September 2013.

[Zimbabwe] Tawanda Majoni, Essential drugs shortage found with mobile data gathering, Key Correspondents, 6 March 2012