An Independent Pharmacy Federation survey has highlighted problems in obtaining supplies of leading medications from several pharmaceutical majors.

Eli Lilly, Pfizer and Sanofi were all named in the survey, which included the opinion of more than 500 independent pharmacists.

Eli Lilly was indentified as being the most problematic by 27% of those questioned, whereas 13% and 12% highlighted problems with Sanofi and Pfizer respectively.

Of those questioned, 50% said that they could spend up to three hours a week attempting to obtain supplies from alternative sources and 29% claimed that in excess of ten patients had been affected by drug shortages.

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