What Drugs has COVID-19 Caused a Shortage On?

What Drugs has COVID-19 Caused a Shortage On?

COVID-19 has taken a huge toll on the healthcare sector, with shortages on PPE supplies, and medications to treat patients with the virus.  

Over the past few months, hospitals have been reporting shortages on drugs due to the increase in patient care for COVID-19. The drugs used to treat patients on ventilators and pneumonia has caused a shortage, and the FDA has released an official list for these drugs.

These drug shortages can be caused by a number of reasons, which include issues from the manufacturer’s side or when the demand for medication is higher than the supply. The largest distributors of active ingredients in medication, India and China, are facing huge setbacks due to the virus and it is resulting in slower manufacturing times because of labour shortages.

Below are drugs that the FDA has declared a shortage on, but these medications are available through ADV-Care Pharmacy!

Drug Name

What is this Medication used for?

Hydroxychloroquine sulfate tablets

Malaria, rheumatoid arthritis 

Dexamethasone sodium phosphate 

Used on COVID-19 patients

Azithromycin injection

Bacterial Infection

Heparin injection

Prevents blood clots

Meropenem injection

Bacterial Infection

Dopamine hydrochloride injection

Lowers blood pressure

Hydrocortisone tablets

Inflammation of joints, lungs or skin

Dobutamine Injection

Heart failure

Ketoprofen tablets

Swelling and mild to moderate body pain