There is drug shortages in the country caused by panic-buying during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Fijian pharmacies did not have the capacity to meet the demand when customers swamped pharmacies out of panic during Fiji’s first confirmed case of COVID-19.

President of the Fiji Pharmaceutical Association Reenal Chand confirmed this today.

“Drugs that were on shortages were antibiotics and medications to treat chronic disease like Diabetes,” he said.

He added that suppliers have confirmed with them that medication supplies is expected to normalize next week.

Fiji is importing medications from Australia, New Zealand and India. But with the boarders closed in these countries, the supply chain has been affected.

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