Though the idea of America facing a prescription drug shortage is really nothing new (it’s been discussed in the scientific literature for years), as would be expected with the current orchestrated supply chain storm, we are once more facing a severe drug shortage.
The US is currently experiencing a shortage of over 100 different prescription drugs covering a wide range of health problems. How is this going to impact the prepper?
What do drug shortages do to prices?
It doesn’t matter if you’ve decided you’re going to shop for your prescription drugs with Mark Cuban. If the drug you need is in short supply, the price of it is going to skyrocket. Scarcity drives demand, and scarcity also drives price.
We’re already having a problem with inflation in the US. When you have 80% of the US dollar supply printed within a two-year period, you have a problem. People throughout America are noting that they are paying more at the pump, more at the grocery store, and more at their local dry goods stores.
Not only will your prescription drug costs rise in price because of an increase in the price of gas, raw materials, and due to staffing shortages, but the shortage of drugs then causes a self-feeding loop. The scarcity of drugs drives prices up even more.
In a truly capitalistic society, this error would be self-correcting. As more people realize money can be made making drugs, more competitors enter the field, and they are able to engage in a competitive pricing scheme so that customers buy their products instead.
But I don’t think you’re going to see that.
I don’t think you’re going to be allowed to see this correct itself. I think, instead, you’re going to see every move made possible to exacerbate this issue. If you haven’t done so already, check out Cat Ellis’s Herbal Skills Intensive because we may soon find ourselves on our own for healthcare.
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What happens when anti-psychotic drugs aren’t available?
Among these drugs currently in short supply are the following anti-psychotics:
- amphetamine aspartate
- chlordiazepoxide hydrochloride
- nefazodone hydrochloride
“Anesthesia drugs” are currently experiencing 13 drug shortages, as is the category “anti-infective.” There’s not more anti-psychotic drug shortages than there are of others right now. But it is still worth noting. We already know what happens when people can’t get access to their regular medications. People who need heart medicine to live who cannot get it will potentially face very serious consequences.
But what happens within a society when a large number of people who need anti-psychotics are not able to get them? It’s not a pretty picture, is it?
What is going on here?
What happens when doctors are forced to ration healthcare?
We’re already seeing evidence of this. The current drug shortages have already caused American doctors to have to ration the care they provide based on what is currently available.
If there’s no morphine to give to your pain patients, there’s no morphine. It’s as simple as that. Not only should such a concept be alarming to those who both work in healthcare and receive healthcare, but what should also be concerning is the notion of triage.
If your doctor gets to choose who gets the last surgery for the week, and four of you are laying there in the waiting room of the ER desperately needing it, how is your doctor going to choose? Will bribes become the norm? Will you be excluded because of your lifestyle?
That is the way this works now.
Can a drug shortage be used to twist America’s arm behind its back?
As Michael Snyder of TheEconomicCollapseBlog.com points out, absolutely. As he mentions, a full 97% of antibiotics in the US come to us from overseas. Our access to those drugs could be cut off in a single day.
What does an America without antibiotics look like?
In 2005, it was estimated that antibiotics save an average of 200,000 American lives per year. So, let’s stick with that number for 2022. Can you imagine a world where 200,000 Americans die within a year from infections alone because they could not get common antibiotics for common maladies?
Picture a city like Knoxville, Tennessee, just disappearing within the span of a year. That’s what you’re looking at here.
And that’s just for the antibiotics alone.
The point here isn’t to provoke fear.
The point here is to warn you. This is only going to continue, and you need to be prepared for it. Drug shortages are going to continue to increase, you’re going to see more triage of care, staffing problems are going to grow – and that’s just the way it is.
Have you set aside the medications that your family needs? Have you talked with your doctor about suitable alternatives to your current prescriptions? If not, the time to do so is now. What are your thoughts on the situation, though? Have you experienced any prescription drug shortages in your area? Let us know in the comments below.
Aden Tate is a regular contributor to TheOrganicPrepper.com and TheFrugalite.com. Aden runs a micro-farm where he raises dairy goats, a pig, honeybees, meat chickens, laying chickens, tomatoes, mushrooms, and greens. Aden has two published books, The Faithful Prepper and Zombie Choices. You can find his podcast The Last American on Preppers’ Broadcasting Network.