Local pharmacists say Puerto Rico's problems affecting some medications

Posted at 7:52 PM, Jan 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-09 19:52:13-05

The Food and Drug Administration says Puerto Rico produces critically important medical products, including drugs and medical devices.

Dennis Galluzzo, Pharmacists' Association of Western New York Executive Director, is seeing problems with some medications coming out of the island from different manufacturers.

The FDA says America relies on Puerto Rico for its pharmaceutical manufacturing and is currently monitoring about 90 medical products for potential shortage situations.

"Pharmacies throughout the U.S. are seeing this issue, we are seeing that locally here in some circumstances," Galluzzo said.

Galluzzo says it can be hard to pinpoint the exact reason why a certain drug may not be making it to mainland, but it all stems from the massive destruction caused by the hurricanes.

Puerto Rico produces $40 billion worth of pharmaceutical products for the U.S. 

 Galluzzo says not to panic though because independent community pharmacies have plenty of resources to get products from different manufacturers and different wholesalers.