Media Reports – Oceania

alphabetical by country

[Australia] Anna Pykett, Global shortage of menopause medication, ABC, 1 March 2024.

[Australia]  Anon., Big increases in mental health proglems around overwork and stress, Sky News Australia, 12 February 2024.

[Australia] Danny Tran, Australians with ADHD enduring months-long shortage of critical Vyvanse, ABC News, 24 January 2024. See also here

[Australia] Elizabeth Pike, Critical medicine unavailabe over Christmas, New Years, 2023-2024, News, 10 December 2023. See also here here

[Australia] Brielle Burns, Nationwide shortage of ADHD medication Vyvanse 30 mg, News.com, 18 October 2023.

[Australia] Lani Tindall, Ozempic weight loss and diabetes drug shortage impacting patients, Canberra Times, 7 October 2023.

[Australia] Steve Zemek, New rules for weight loss wonder drug, News.Com, 23 September 2023.

[Australia] Anon. Why Aussies are facing huge medicine shortages, Daily Telegraph, 3 July 2023.

[Australia] MAtt Woodley, RACGP What’s been included in the first stage of 60-day dispensing, New GP, 26 June 2023.

[Australia] Anon., 80 % of Australians oppose Federal Budget plan over drug shortages, Mirage News, 26 April 2023.

[Australia] Carla Mascarenhas, Doctor warns Australia on a knife’s edge, News.com, 24 April 2023. See also here, here

[Australia] Ian Scholfield, News powers for Australian agency to deal with drug shortages, Pink Sheet, 3 April 2023.

[Australia] Kate Aubusson, Warfarin shortage: heart patients at risk of blood clots, Sydney Morning Herald, March 2023.

[Australia] Anon., Claims diabetes drug helps weight loss causes nationwide shortage, The Global Herald, 4 MArch 2023. See also here, here

[Australia] Cate Swannell, Frug shortages hitting bush hardest, Medical Republic, 14 February 2023.

[Australia] Melissa Cunningham et al, Nationwide shortage of common antibiotics causing patient to get sicker, Sydney Morning Herald, 9 January 2023.

[Australia] Melissa Davey, Antibiotics in short supply, The Guardian, 12 December 2022.

[Australia] David Rowley, No Ozempic [for diabetes] until end of March 2023, Australian J. of Pharmacy, November 2022.

[Australia] Neil Mitchell, Serious shortage of common drugs, 3AW, 2 November 2022.

[Australia] Ian Scholfield, Australian industry gets price rises to offset cost of new anti-shortage rules, Pink Sheet, 24 October 2022.

[Australia] Amber Schultz, Australia’s critical drug shortage: medicine delayed by months, Crikey.au, 12 October 2022.

[Australia] Lucy Slade, Medicine shortage: Australia’s antibiotic shortage is the worst GP has seen in 15 years, 9 News, 30 September 2022.

[Australia] Joanna Panagopoulos, Absolute tragedy. Diabetics unable to access medication. The Oz, September 2022. [for several moonths] See also here

[Australia] Lauren Day, Fears for patient safety with hundreds of medicines in short supply, ABC News, 17 August 2022. See also here, here, here

[Australia] Isabel Macmillan, ADHD meds in high demand and short supply, The Australian, 5 August 2022. See also here

[Australia] Ross and Russell, Patients in trouble amid fairly dire [ADHD] medication shortage [Ritalin], 3AW, 4 August 2022. See also here

[Australia] Georgie Marr, Healthcare workers advised to limit use of epidurals, Triple M, 24 July 2022.

[Australia] Chris Brooker, Confronting dire medicine shortages, Australian Journal of Pharmacy, 24 July 2022. See also here, here, here, here

[Australia] Sarah Martin, Australia faces ‘dire’shortage of more than 300 medicines, The Guardian, 19 July 2022. See also here, here here, here

[Australia] Courtney Greenberg, Type 2 diabetes drug [Ozembpic] being used for weight loss [by TicToc users] leads to shortage in Australia, Calgary Herald, 31 May 2022. See also here, here, here, here, here here

[Australia] Hamish Spence, Weight loss hopefuls buy up diabetic drugs ozempic, News.com, 6 May 2022.

[Australia] Sally Rafferty, Targin pain relief drug shortages leave cancer patients, chronic pain sufferers without options, ABC Net, 26 April 2022.

[Australia] Tamra Sami, Australia to allow imports of oversears medicines to mitigate drug shortages, Bioworld, 6 April 2022. See also here

[Australia] Maryam Ziaee, Two years into the pandemic why is Australia still short of medicines, The Conversation, 24 March 2022. here, here, here

[Australia] Chris Booker, Shortage continues [arthritis meds], AJP, 14 March 2022.

[Australia] Emma Koehn, Anxiety mounts for Australian patients as supply chain crunh hits another arthritis drug [tocilizumab], Sydney Morning Herald, 14 February 2022.

[Australia] Dana Daniels, Pharamcists struggle to meet demand for free RAT test kits, Sydney Morning Herald, 23 January 2022.

[Australia] Liji Thomas, Dispensing of hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin in Australia jumped in first year of COVID, News Medical, 3 October 2021. See also here

[Australia] David Rowley, Unclear when Champix drought will end, AJP, 22 September 2021.

[Australia] Emma Koehn, Extremely limited: TGA acts fast to stop arthritis drug [tocilizumab] running out amind  COVID-driven shortage, Sydney Morning Herald, 9 September 2021. See also here, here

[Australia] David Rowley, Bigger onshore generic medicines stockpiles on the way, AJP, 7 September 2021.

[Australia] Emma Koehn, capacity constraints to limit drug supply until 2022, Sydney Morning Herald, 17 August 2021.

[Australia] Anon. Arthritis meds [tocilizumab] shortage blamed on demand by Covid patients. The Advertiser, 8 August 2021.

[Australia] Nial Wheate et al, To ensure supply of top 3 drugs used to treat COVID-19, it’s time to boost domestic medicine manufacturing, Conversation, 27 July 2021.

[Australia] Emma Koehn, COVID-19 demand leads to Australian shortages of rheumatoid arthritis drug [tocilizumab], Sydney Morning Herald, 25 July 2021.

[Australia] Josh Sullivan, In a supply chain shortage workaround, Australia’s Victoria state to build its own mRNA facility, Endpoints News, 22 April 2021.

[Australia] Anon., Australia falls short 3 million doses of AZ COVID-19 vaccine, authorities point finger at EU, RT.com, 6 April 2021.

[Australia] Nick Paul Taylor, TGA seeks feedback on drug shortages [mandatory reporting since 2019], RAPS, 30 March 2021. See also here for the “call’

[Australia] Poppy Wood, Italy blocks A-Z vaccine shipment to Australia as vaccine shortage escalates, City AM, 4 March 2020.

[Australia] Emily McPherson, The common medicines hit with shortages as COVID supply issues worse, Nine.com News, 24 February 2021.

[Australia] Anna McGuiness, Echuca Moama doctors dealing with medication shortage, Riverine Herald, 4 February 2021.

[Australia] Jess Malcolm, Doctors slam TGA for critical shortages [for 7 years!], The Australian, 26 January 2021.

[Australia] Nial Wheate, et al. Covid-19 is leading ot medicine shortages, ABC News, 21 January 2021. See also here, here here, and here.

[Australia] Jess Malcolm, Coronavirus: AMA call for mass upscaling of home-made drug manufacture, The Australian, 20 January 2021.

[Australia] Angela Ross, Health professionals warn Australia is struggling to deal with post-COVID-19 medication shortage, ABC, 19 January 2021.

[Australia] Anon., National puppy Prozac shortage bites in, Daily Telegraph, 10 January 2021.

[Australia] AAP, Illicit drug shortage in Australia leads to price hike. Decreasing availability of heroin, ice [methamphetamine] in Australia leads to price hike, 7News.com.au, 4 November 2020. See also here

[Australia] Megan Haggan, Brittle and sensitive supply chain impact in union dispute [dock workers’ strike], AJP, 29 September 2020.

[Australia] David Marin Guzman, Shipping lines cut deliveries amid wharf war, AFR, 28 September 2020. See also here

[Australia] Nick Paul Taylor, TGA shares guidance on new approach to medicine shortage notifications, RAPS, 15 September 2020.

[Australia] Margret Simons, Australia experiencing critical shortage of antidepressants, contraceptives and HRT, Guardian, 7 August 2020.

[Australia] Anon., Manufacturing delay leds to contraceptive pill shortage, Sky News, 11 July 2020.

[Australia] Emily Macpherson, Without it I’ll die. Brisbane man flies to US to buy up discontinued drug [phenelzine – Nardil], Nine com, 3 June 2020.

[Australia] Sheshtyn Paola, April PBS data shows spike in demand, AJP, 28 May 2020.

[Australia] Sheshtyn Paola et al., Who takes responsibility for errors [substitutions]? Australian Journal of Pharmacy, 20 May 2020.

[Australia] David Llewellyn Smith, Medicine shortage crushes Aussie ICU capactiy, Macrobusiness, 12 May 2020.

[Australia] Dana McAuley, Coronavirus Australia: COVID-19 intended ventilators face drug shortages needed for operation, Sydney Morning Herald, 11 May 2020.

[Australia] Shive Prema, Australia is running out of coronavirus drugs, Daily Mail, 27 April 2020. See also here.

[Australia] Australian patients being urged to stop panic buying as 600 medicines are in short supply, Advertiser, 26 April 2020.

[Australia] Christopher Knaus, Paracetamol and vegntolin limited to one per customer as AUstralia combats coronavirus hoarding, The Guardian, 19 March 2020.

[Australia] Felicity Nelson, ‘Massive shortage’: rural Australian pharmacies low on essential medications amid coronavirus [increased demand], Guardian, 12 March 2020.

[Australia] Dana McCauley, Morrison government set to stockpile antibiotics amid global shortage fears, Sydney Morning Herald, 7 March 2020.

[Australia] Sarah Swain, Coronavirus: drugs shortage frears lead to panic buying at pharmacies in Australia, 9 News, 5 March 2020.

[Australia] Anon., Canngea’s mission to health the global medicine shortage of cannnabis, Health Europa, 12 December 2019.

[Australia] Narda Gilmore, EpiPen shortage forces parents to use expired, contaminated drugs to treat children, ABC News, 4 December 2019.

[Australia] Emily McPherson, Antidepressant drug shortage: Drug supply issues leave mental helath patients at Risk, 9News, 27 November 2019.

[Australia] Elspeth Kernebone, Bendigo man calls for notification system after Nardil phenelzine shortate, Bendigo Advertiser, 7 October 2019.

[Australia] Matthew Bellgrove, When medicines run dry what’s your backup plan? Hospital Health, 12 July 2019.

[Australia] Mia Glover, Nationwide antibiotics shortage leaves sick patients desperate, 9 News, 3 June 2019.

[Australia] Nick Paul Taylor, TGA proposes fining individuals $15,000 for drug shortage reporting failings, RAPS, 7 May 2019.

[Australia] Anon. Drug shortage reporting now compulsory in Australia, The Pharma Letter, 2 May 2019.

[Australia] Zoy Goff, Antibiotic shortages are putting Aboriginal kids at risk, MENFN, 18 April 2019.

[Australia] Ian Todd, Someone will die needlessly, Australian Journal of Pharmacy, 15 April 2019.

[Australia] Unknown, Cairns antibiotic shortage, Cairns Post, 14 November 2018. not accessible without payment.

[Australia] Daniel Sutton, our newest hospital had no tetanus shots [vaccine], 10 Daily, 9 November 2018.

[Australia] Sydney Carter et al, New law won’t safeguard medicine supply; it’ll only ensure we know there is a shortage. The Conversation, 14 September 2018.

[Australia] AAP, Mandatory reporting for medicine shortages [to start in Jan 2019], 9 News, 10 September 2018. See also here, hereherehere, and here.

[Australia] Anon., First hurdle over for [mandatory] medicine [shortages] reporting, Dungog Chronicle, 20 August 2018. Also here.

[Australia] Sheshtyn Paola, Post-upschedule shortage [codeine] resolved..others continue, Australian Journal of Pharmacy, 23 July 2018.

[Australia] Amanda Lyons, Greg Hunt proposes changes to reporting scheme to help address medicine shortages [from voluntary to mandatory], RACGP, 29 June 2018.

[Australia] Nick Paul Taylor, TGA extends drug shortage reporting deadlines following inductry feedback, RAPS, 26 June 2018.

[Australia] Daniella White, I’m frightened: shorage of drug causes anxiety for menopausal women, Canberra Times, 20 June 2018.

[Australia] Judith Kerr, Flu vaccine shortage; fears allayed, Courier Mail, 27 May 2018.

[Australia] Aisha Dow, Critical drugs could be rationed following EpiPen shortage,  Sydney Morning Herald, 13 April 2018.

[Australia] Nick Paul Taylor, Australia considers mandatory reporting of drug shortages, RAPS Regulatory Focus, 3 April 2018.

[Australia] Sheshtyn Paola, Guild targets direct supply, meds shortages, Australian Journal of Pharmacy, 23 November 2017.

[Australia] Clare Armstrong, Flu vaccine shortage in Queensland pharmacies again, Courrier Mail, 5 October 2017.

[Australia] Anon., Shortage of drug to help ease flu, Daily Liberal, 6 September 2017.

[Australia] Anon. Queensland suffers severe antiviral shortage, Eye Witness News, 18 August 2017. See also here.

[Australia] Aisha Dow, Calls for drug policy rethink as hospitals ration ‘critical’ painkiller fentanyl, Sydney Morning Herald, 17 July 2017.

[Australia] Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia, Medicines survey reveals hospitals ‘short shelved,’ pharmacists in the dark, SHPA.com, 13 July 2017.

[Australia] Sheshtyn Paola, Shortage processes need to change, Australian Journal of Pharmacy, 5 July 2017.

[Australia] Sophie Scott, Major drug shortages hit Australian hospitals and impact patient care [report by Professor Michael J. Dooley, Monash University], ABC News, 13 June 2017. See also here and here.

[Australia] SHPA, Medicines shortages in Australia, Report, June 2017.

[Australia] Anon. Medication shortage leaves females over-60 desperate, Starts at 60 Healthy, 16 April 2017. See also intelligent discussion here.

[Australia] Anon., Australian health system suffering shortage of antibiotics, RN Breakfast [Fran Kelly], ABC Radio National (ABC), 3 April 2017.

[Australia] Johnathan Hair, Doctors worried about national shortage of heart medication for angina, ABC.Net, 2 February 2017.

[Australia] Anon. Hospitals forced to ration due to drug shortage, tenplay Television Eyewitness News, 11 December 2016. [NB links works only in Australia]

[Australia] Kate Aubusson, Patients will die if they don’t fix this. Hospitals rationing, stockpiling first-line antibiotics amid drug shortage. Sydney Morning Herald, 11 December 2016.

[Australia] Zilla Efrat, What’s causing all these medicine shortages?, Pharmacy News, 9 September 2016.

[Australia] Brad Crouch, Global chemotherapy drug shortage triggers SA Health action plan, Adelaide Now, 11 October 2016. See also here and here.

[Australia] Anon. Study highlights drug shortages in pharmacies [due to price-lowering policy] Pharmacy News, 18 July 2016.

[Australia] Brad Crouch, Key type 2 diabetes drugs Diabex and

[Australia] Diaformin [metformin] in short supply due to manufacturing issues, 27 Adelaide Now, May 2016.

[Australia] Michael Woodhead, Flu vaccine shortage delays 2015 program, Australian Doctor, 21 January 2015.

[Australia] Wendy Lipworth and Ian Kerridge, Why drug shortages are an ethical issue, Australasian Medical Journal, 30 November 2013.

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

[Australia] Betty B. Chaar, Medicine shortages: implications for the Austrlian healthcare system, Australasian Medical Journal, 31 March 2013.

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

[Australia] Goldblatt J et al. Enzyme replacement therapy ‘drug holiday’; results from an unexpected shortage of an orphan drug supply in Australia. Blood Cells Molecules & Diseases 46(1):107-10, 2011 Jan 15.

[Fiji] Kamal Iyer, A state living in denial about the rot of health and medical services, Fiji Times, 3 April 2021.

[Fiji] Semi Turaga, Current stock availability of medicines in 88%, Fiji Village, 26 March 2021.

[Fiji] Anon., Health expert warns of drugs shortage, RNZ News, 16 December 2020.

[Fiji] Litia Cava, A drug shortage claim, Dr Eddy McCaig; Silence from government, Fiji Times, 13 December 2020.

[Fiji] Siteri Sauvakacolo, Cancer drug shortage, Fiji Times, 27 September 2020.

[Fiji] Anish Chand, Medicinal drugs arrive in Fiji, 2 September 2020.

[Fiji] Luke Rawalai, A pandemic disrupts drug supply, Fiji Times, 15 August 2020.

[Fiji] Anon. Hopes Fiji medical supplies shortage will end soon, Radio New Zealand, 29 June 2017.

[Fiji] Nasik Swami, Luveni: drug shortage not urgent, Fiji Times, 25 April 2017.

[Fiji] Nasik Swami, Medicine shopping, Fiji Times, 19 March 2016.

[Micronesia] Stella Paul et al., Missing data and inefficent drug distribution tops list of Micronesia’s leprosy challenges, Inter Press Service, 8 April 2019.

[New Zealand] Anon., Worldwide shortage of ADHD medication impacts New Zealand patients, RNZ, 20 NOvember 2023. See also here

[New Zealand] Stephen Forbes, Thousands could be affected by shortage of diabetes drug [dulaglutide], RNZ, 12 October 2022. See also here

[New Zealand] Jonathan Milnes, National database will reach patients in drug shortage, Newsroom, 23 July 2022.

[New Zealand], Emma Russell, Prednisolone liquid nationwide shortage. Demand doubles due to RSV outbreaks, NZ Herald, 13 July 2021.

[New Zealand] Anon., Pharmac reveals supply issues with anti-anxiety drug Lorazepam, Radio NZ, 16 July 2022.

[New Zealand] Guyon Espiner, Distressing death warning for ‘unregulated’ euthanasia drugs [owing to embargo on execution drugs], NZ Herald, 19 April 2021.

[New Zealand] Bridie Witton, Medicine shortages could worsen as Christmas looms over busy ports, Stuff, 20 November 2020.

[New Zealand] Eleisha Foon, Medication shortage woes continue to affect New Zealanders, RNZ, 23 October 2020. See also here here, and here

[New Zealand] Anon., Pharmac sorry as NZ faces oral contraceptive shortage, RNZ, 9 October 2020.

[New Zealand] Anon., Paracetamol stocks running out at Kiwi pharmacies, Stuff.co, 19 July 2020.

[New Zealand] Andre Chumko, Calls to review Phamac model after more drug shortages, Stuff, 22 June 2020.

[New Zealand] Thomas Manch, Coronavirus: Government to pump $160M into PHARMAC to secure medicine supply, Stuff, 10 May 2020.

[New Zealand] Josie Adams, doctors without orders: how the new ANZCA president is handling surgery during COVID-19, Spinoff, 22 May 2020.

[New Zealand] Collette Devlin, Coronavirus Pharmac says it will need more funding amid global COVID-19 crisis, Stuff, 26 April 2020.

[New Zealand] Anon., Levlen ED shortage ‘a disaster’ for some, and a headache for others, New Zealand Doctor, 24 January 2019.

[New Zealand] Anon., Paracetomol shortage will hopefully end in early 2019, New Zealand Doctor, 14 December 2018.

[New Zealand] Catherine Hutton, National paracetamol shortage leads to restrictions, Radio New Zealand, 21 November 2018. See also here and here.

[New Zealand] Matthew Littlewood, Worldwide HPV vaccine shortage hits New Zealand immunisation programme, Stuff, 30 May 2018.

[New Zealand] Rachel Thomas, The drugs we couldn’t get enough of; more than 200 cases of shortages over six years, Stuff, 7 December 2017.

[New Zealand] Selina Powell, Patient rations heart medication as supply issues bite, Stuff, 22 June 2016.

[New Zealand] Blake Crayton-Brown, No end in sight for nationwide shortage of heart medication metaprolol, Stuff, 14 June 2016.

[New Zealand] Bruce Lee, When the medicines run out: Dealing with drug shortages, NZ Doctor, 25 May 2016.

[New Zealand] Bruce Lee, Migraine drug supplies topped up as shortages become run of the mill, NZ Doctor, 5 April 2016.

[New Zealand] Ben Heather, Excruciating pain looms for patients as Pharmac runs out of cluster headache drug, Stuff.co.nz, 16 February 2016.

[New Zealand] Ben Heather, Patients regularly face medicine shortages as NZ struggles to secure supply, Stuff.co.nz, 6 February 2016.

[New Zealand] Waikato Times, Cholesterol drug shortage a worry for pharmacists. Stuff.co.nz, 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.

[Paupua New Guinea] Marie Sonny., Governor yet to present lack of medicine petition to govt, Post Courier, 13 November 2023.

[Papua New Guinea] Anon., Call to address TB drug shortage, Post Courier, 22 August 2023.

[Papua New Guinea] Anon., Drug shortages in Daru, Post Courier, 30 September 2022.

[Papua New Guinea] Kenny Romanus, Buffer stock to address medical drug shortage in Western, Post Courier, 4 August 2022.

[Papua New Guinea] Anon., Aid post closes, no drugs, The National, 18 July 2022.

[Papua New Guinea] Anon., Doctor raises concerns as drugs run out in PNG hospitals, One PNG, 8 April 2022.

[Papua New Guinea] Jim John, Malaria cases on the rise in Western Province, EMTV, 14 February 2022.

[Papua New Guinea] Frieda Kana,  Vitis Foundation donates to PMGH [to ease drug shortage], Loop, 12 February 2022.

[Papua New Guinea] Grace Auka Salmang, Pregnant woman dies [with baby of COVID-19] due to no medicine, Post Courier, 9 February 2022. See also here

[Papua New Guinea] Anon., PNG’s largest hospital faces critical shortage of medical drugs and consumables,  PNG Health News, 6 February 2022.

[Papua New Guinea] Jim John, Woman leader dies as drug shortage continues, EMTV Online, 22 November 2021.

[Papua New Guinea] Anon., Drug shortage saga killing people, Post-Courrier, 24 September 2021. see also here

[Papua New Guinea] Anon., Obo health centre drug shortage, Loop, 5 September 2021.

[Papua New Guinea] Carmella Gware, 8-month drug shortage, Loop PNG, 26 August 2021.

[Papua New Guinea] Anon., New born baby dies as hospital faces drug [and incubator] shortage, EMTV, 12 April 2021.

[Papua New Guinea] Grace Auka Salmang, Head, neck cancer common [drug shortages, Post Courier, 24 February 2021.

[Papua New Guinea] Rita Peki, Health facilities [98 of them] facing drug shortages, Post Courier, 27 January 2021.

[Papua New Guinea] Anon., WHPHA faces medicine shortage again, EMTV Online, 26 January 2021.

[Papua New Guinea] Jina Amba, Hard battle with cancer, The National, 13 November 2020.

[Papua New Guinea] Anon., PNG parliament committee probes corruption in health sector, RNZ News, 4 December 2019.

[Papua New Guinea] Editorial, Take care of your health, “someone has to cop the blame…” The National, 28 November 2019.

[Papua New Guinea] Anon., Rigo elites donate to health centre, Post Courrier, 12 November 2018

[Papua New Guinea] Grace Auka Salmang, No past experience of drug shortage, Post Courrier, 31 October 2019.

[Papua New Guinea] Rebecca Kuku, Health, medical supplies protracted issues affflicting PNG, The National, 11 September 2019.

[Papua New Guinea] Rebecca Kuku, PAC to hold drug inquiry, The National, 22 August 2019.

[Papua New Guinea] Anon., There is no drug shortage, PNG Health Minister, PNG Facts, 28 July 2019. See also here.

[Papua New Guinea] Grace Auka Slamang, City clinics still facing medical drugs shortage, Poste Courier, 7 February 2019.

[Papua New Guinea] Adelaide Sirox Kari, Health Minister clears the air on drug shortage: blames orders from clinics, EMTV, 22 January 2019.

[Papua New Guinea] Meimei Omole, Drug shortage in hospitals is a huge concern, The National, 22 January 2019.

[Papua New Guinea] Rebecca Kuku, Sir Puka confirms drug shortage, The National, 17 January 2019.

[Papua New Guinea] Anon. PNG opposition warns govt as it tries to rally support for motion, RNZ News, 20 December 2018.

[Papua New Guinea], Stephen R. Mase, Audit team to probe alleged misappropriation: Sir Puka, Post Courier, 12 November 2018.

[Papua New Guinea] Freddy Mou, Ineffective command effects supply of medical drugs, Loop PNG, 7 November 2018.

[Papua New Guinea] Editorial. Shortage of medicine taking a toll on people [impassioned plea to find out what is going on], The National, 2 November 2018.

[Papua New Guinea] Freddy Mou, Sir Puka still denies drug shortages, Loop PNG, 29 October 2018. See also here and here.

[Papua New Guinea] Siba Mesa et al., Delay in supply of TB drugs a concern for WHP patients, Post-Courrier, 24 October 2018.

[Papua New Guinea] Carolyn Ure, Health Minister denies durg shortage claims, again [ARVs], Loop, 23 October 2018.

[Papua New Guinea] Vanasatta Yama, TB drug shortage in Western Highlands, EMTV, 22 October 2018.

[Papua New Guinea] Anon., PNG Nurses association says health overhaul needed, Radio New Zealand, 25 May 2018.

[Papua New Guinea] Carolyn Ure, Doctor raises concern on lack of HIV drugs, Loop PNG, 22 May 2018.

[Papua New Guinea] Anon., Port Moresby General Hospital facing drug shortage, PNG Today, 1 May 2018.

[Papua New Guinea] Shannon Power, HIV drug shortage may put people’s lives at risk in PNG, Gay Star, 25 April 2018. See also here.

[Papua New Guinea] Yara Murray-Atfield, PNG’s critical HIV drugs shortage sparks warning that people may die, ABC News, 22 April 2018.

[Papua New Guinea] Anon., Bougainville warns illegal prescription drug sellers, Radio New Zealand, 26 March 2018.

[Papua New Guinea] Anon. Angau faces drug shortage, Post Courier, 10 January 2018.

[Papua New Guinea] Gloria Bauai, Low manpower, drugs at Modilon, Loop PNG, 3 December 2017.

[Papua New Guinea] Imelda Wavik, Northern hospitals suffering drugs shortage, Loop, 18 October 2017.

[Papua New Guinea] Anon., Business scaled down after gunfight in Mendi [no drugs to treat wounded] Post Courier, 13 September 2017.

[Papua New Guinea] Lucy Kopana, Growing demand for health care: Etep rural hospital [closed doors for lack of supplies], EMTV, 12 September 2017.

[Papua New Guinea] Mong Palatino., PNG’s Health minister accused of ordering public hospitals to stop speaking about the country’s drug shortage, Global Voices, 2 September 2017.

[Papua New Guinea] Lynette Kill, MP outlines plans, confirms drug shortage, Post Courier, 25 August 2017.

[Papua New Guinea] Tony Sii, Health centre out of drugs, Post Courier, 24 August 2017.

[Papua New Guinea] Anon., Suao questions the apointment of Buroneo Pacific Pharmacy to supply drugs in PNG, PNG facts, August 2017.

[Papua New Guinea] Anon. Health centres in dire straits, Post Courier, 15 August 2017.

[Papua New Guinea] Anon., Shortage forces Bougainvilleans to buy medicines overseas, Radio New Zealand News, 7 August 2017.

[Papua New Guinea] Anon. Pacific medical supply shortages, Radio New Zealand, 5 July 2017.

[Papua New Guinea] Cedric Patjole, CPL fire: no drug problem, Loop PNG, 21 June 2017. See also here.

[Papua New Guinea] Anon., Drug shortage is being addressed, says Kase, Post Courrier, 14 June 2017.

[Papua New Guinea] Anon., Crippled by drug shortage, PNG doctors threaten to strike, Radio New Zealand, 12 June 2017.

[Papua New Guinea] Vasinatta Yama, Mt Hagen hospital facing drug shortage, EMTV online, 6 June 2017. See also Serah Aupong and Fabian Hakalits.

[Papua New Guinea] Natalie Cholohei, Angau issues notice on drug shortage, Post Courier, 5 June 2017.

[Papua New Guinea] Grace Auka Salmang, Drug shortage being addressed, Post Courier, 3 May 2017.

[Papua New Guinea] Anon., Two [children] die [of malaria] as a result of drug shortage, Post-Courier, 24 April 2017.

[Papua New Guinea] Anon., Papua New Guinea government oversight leads to critical drug shortages, Pacific Islands Report, 14 March 2017.

[Solomon Islands] Anon., Drug shortages leaves [sic] people without high blood pressure medication, ABC Pacific, 20 August 2023..

[Solomon Islands] Eliza Kukutu, Opposition leader calls on PM to intervene and address drug shortage situation. SIBC, 25 March 2023. See also here, here

[Solomon Islands] Opposition office, Opposition leader slams government’s negligence on drug shortage. Solomon Times, 15 February 2023.

[Solomon Islands] Solomon Lofana, Drug shortage sparks concern in Malaita, Solomon Star NEws, 6 August 2022.

[Solomon Islands] Solomon Lofana, Medicine shortage hits Gwaunaoa Clinic, Solomon Star News, 24 April 2022.

[Solomon Islands] Anon., Drug shortage nothing to do with money, SIBC, 18? April 2019. See also here.

[Solomon Islands] Anon., Call for new Solomons govt to prioritze health sector, Radio New Zealand, 10 April 2019.

[Solomon Islands] Charlie Salini et al., Malaria cases increase in Honiara, SIBC, 10 January 2019. See also here.

[Solomon Islands] Anon., PNG helps with medical supplies, Solomon Star, 4 August 2018.

[Solomon Islands] Charles Kadamana, Drug audit order, Solomon Star, 2 August 2018. See also here.

[Solomon Islands] Ian Kaukui, Tran’s drug assistance lauded, Solomon Star, 26 July 2018. See also here.

[Solomon Islands] Lachlan Shyves Eddie, Call to act, Solomon Star, 19 July 2018. See also here, here, herehere and here.

[Solomon Islands] Anon., PM on drug shortage, Solomon Star, 16 July 2018. See also here

[Solomon Islands] Anon., Expired drugs, patients sleeping on floor at Solomons’ hospital, Radio New Zealand, 24 May 2018.

[Solomon Islands] Editor, Drug shortage crisis, Solomon Star News, 23 May 2018. See also herehere, here.

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

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

[Vanuatu] Anon., Drug shortage in Vanuatu, Radio New Zealand, 16 April 2019.