How to help a skippack pharmacist with an allergy
A skippak pharmacy in New South Wales is struggling to cope with a spike in demand for its allergy medicine.
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A skipper’s pharmacy in NSW is facing a severe shortage of its allergy medication and some staff are now on the brink of panic.
The pharmacy at New South Wairarapa has seen an average of three orders per day of skippacks over the past three weeks, with one or two orders coming from Sydney.
“I think it’s a combination of a combination [of] a spike and some new products that have come into the market,” skipper Sarah Wilson said.
“They’ve started to make more skippacs, but I’m not sure what they’re doing with those skippaks.”
Ms Wilson says she’s been working with the NSW Government’s health department to address the shortage of skipper medication.
“The pharmacist that is running the pharmacy has asked us to bring in a whole new range of skippers and new product.
We’re now looking to bring that all into the pharmacy.”
The pharmacy is hoping to start filling orders by the end of next week, but is struggling with the surge.
“It’s definitely been a bit of a rough couple of weeks,” Ms Wilson said, “but hopefully it’ll turn around in the coming days.”
In a statement on its Facebook page, skippax said it had taken the decision to shut the business down “to ensure a long-term business plan for the pharmacy and its employees”.
“We have also been asked to provide assistance to the employees of the pharmacy,” it said.
“We will provide additional support to staff as and when we are able to.”
A spokesperson for the NSW Health Department says the department is working closely with skipper businesses to find alternatives to skippashop.
“We are aware of the situation and we are in contact with the skippaker and will provide any assistance that is needed,” a spokesperson for NSW Health said.
Skipper business manager Sam Brown said it was unfortunate that people were taking their medication on their own.
“You can’t be responsible for what’s in the bottle and what’s out in the bush,” Mr Brown said.
“We have to make sure that people are safe.”
Skipper businesses across NSW have reported an increase in orders over the last week and will soon start filling skipper prescriptions.
“People are starting to come into our store, they’re getting skippacked on the first day of business, so we’ll be able to start to fill up quickly,” Mr Wilson said in a statement.