An elder is forced to reduce his medication

Une aînée est forcée de diminuer sa médication

Félix Séguin

The strong demand for drugs to the COVID-19 already had impacts on some patients who can no longer renew their prescription.

This is the case of Lucie Gingras, who learned earlier this week that it would not renew its order hydroxychloroquine for several weeks.

The elderly lady is suffering from significant pain in her legs.


“I’m afraid I find the pain that I had,” says the resident of Pointe-aux-Trembles, Montreal.

On Tuesday, his rheumatologist told him that it had to reduce its consumption of two tablets per day, one for two months.

“After that, I don’t know if I will be able to renew “, is concerned about it.

Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, have fueled the headlines in the last few weeks.

Some hospitals have used them to treat patients with severe forms of the COVID-19.

The rapid increase in the number of prescriptions was, however, forced the College of pharmacists and the College of physicians to intervene.

A pharmacist can cancel a prescription that he would get to his office.

We want to especially keep the stocks for hospitals and groups targeted, such as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

In the pharmacies

The president of the College of pharmacy, Bertrand Bolduc, however, is reassuring.

The pharmacies in the towns and villages of Quebec do not live out-of-stocks important.

“To share everything that is breathing, the rest is under control,” he said, referring in particular to the Flovent, which is used for the treatment of asthma. Patients with the coronavirus have been prescribed this medicine.

However, there are alternative products, ” said Mr. Bolduc. In spite of everything, in order to keep inventories well stocked, pharmacists have received the order not to renew the medication for over a month.

“Two weeks ago, there has been a wave of people who wanted to renew quickly, but since then, it is back to normal,” he says.

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