Winter storm causes medication shortage for Texas pharmacies

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WIMBERLEY, Texas (KXAN) — It’s a tough pill to swallow.

A delay in weekly shipments, due to the winter storm, is creating a shortage in some medications for pharmacies.

“I’ve been having to cut my last pill in half, so I have a half for tomorrow,” said neighbor Gene Acosta. 

Acosta has repeatedly tried to refill his blood pressure prescription, but hasn’t been able to get through to H-E-B because locations have been closed.

“I have the prescription at the H-E-B in Kyle,” Acosta said.

He’s not alone. 

Pharmacists said most pharmacies only get shipments during normal business days, Monday through Friday, meaning the last orders many received were last Friday, Feb. 12.

Wimberley Pharmacy owner John Anderson said his business has not only been without power for the past few days, but they’ve also had difficulties accessing their pharmacy due to icy roads.

“We’re doing the best we can with what we’ve got…I have given medications to people to get through the week,” Anderson said.

Anderson said some pharmacies in his area have to stay closed, leaving his staff to help pick up the slack, while also dealing with power outages at their own store. He said he most likely won’t get another shipment until next week.

According to Anderson, they could run out of some medications, though they haven’t yet. 

Acosta is waiting for this icy situation to unthaw, wanting to stay on top of his health.

“It’s just a precaution…I’m not freaking out,” Acosta said.

If you’re in a situation where you need to see a doctor before you get a regular prescription refilled, Wimberley Pharmacy said it is able to give out a limited supply of medication to get customers through the week.

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