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Pharmacies experiencing mosquito repellent shortage

Published:Thursday | September 18, 2014 | 9:07 AM

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Pharmaceutical Society of Jamaica says there's a shortage of mosquito repellent among its members arising from the high demand from persons seeking to protect themselves from the chikungunya virus.

President of the organisation, Christopher Curtis also says local suppliers have curtailed the volume of repellents they sell to pharmacies.

According to him, pharmacies were informed that overseas suppliers are out of stock and this is affecting supplies to local distributors.

Curtis says this has significantly reduced the quantity of mosquito repellents that are now on pharmacy shelves.

Meanwhile, the President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Jamaica says there is also an increased demand for painkillers and vitamin C tablets.

However, Curtis says these items are in stock across the island so Jamaicans do not have to worry about access to medication to treat chikungunya.

He says members of the Pharmaceutical Society have been providing advice and making referrals to the increased number of persons seeking information on chikungunya.

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