PETALING JAYA: There is no global shortage of pharmaceutical supply because there are alternative drugs and brands in the market that deliver the same results, says the Ministry of Health.
The ministry’s senior director of pharmaceutical services, Norhaliza A Halim, said manufacturers have also increased production capacity to meet increased demand.
“Feedback received from industry players revealed that there was a surge in demand for certain types of medicines such as products containing the active ingredient paracetamol (to treat fever and mild pain), the vitamin C as well as cough and flu medicines for children.
“The Ministry of Health is seeking further information from industry on the actual status of the supply of drugs produced in Malaysia or imported, as well as related matters,” she said in a statement. a press release Friday, June 3.
Norhaliza reassured the public that strict monitoring and solutions to every problem would be addressed through continuous communication between the Ministry of Health and the pharmaceutical industry to ensure the continuity of drug supply from quality, safe and effective to Malaysians.
On Thursday June 2, the President of the Malaysian Medical Association, Dr Koh Kar Chai, advised the public not to panic over buying and unnecessarily hoarding medicines that are not immediately needed.
He noted that there has been a shortage of certain drugs in the market lately, as countries around the world started to emerge from lockdown measures and resumed economic activities.