"This might be a familiar scene. You pop into your local pharmacy to fill a
script and you’re told your regular medicine is out of stock. When will it be
in? Sorry, we don’t have a date. But I’ll ring up your GP to see if she can
authorise an alternative.
This is a common conversation more than two years into the pandemic. So why,
when our borders are open and planes are arriving from overseas with medicines
on board, do we still have medicine shortages?
This may be surprising, but medicine shortages have been an ongoing issue in
Australia. The pandemic only made it more visible.
For my PhD research, I looked at Australia’s pharmaceutical supply chain – the
process of how medicines get from manufacturers to wholesalers and then to
I interviewed 20 supply-chain experts from 15 Australian and multinational
companies. Here’s what I found, and what we could be doing better."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics