Boston pharmacies struggle to meet demand for at-home COVID-19 tests

As more customers in Boston seek at-home COVID-19 tests over concerns of the new omicron variant, pharmacies are struggling to keep up with the high demand, NBC10 Boston reported Dec. 6.

Bird's Hill Pharmacy owner and pharmacist Andrew Stein told NBC10 Boston he's had to turn to online retailers, such as Amazon, for tests. 

"Unfortunately, I can't get those from my wholesalers at this point," Mr. Stein said. "We are buying them retail and passing them along, making sure they are available for our customers." 

Several customers interviewed by NBC10 Boston also reported difficulties in obtaining at-home tests at pharmacies, with some resorting to online purchases as well.

The issues in Boston pharmacies reflect global supply chain issues affecting the healthcare industry across the country. Pharmacies in New York have also reported shortages in surgical supplies and delays in getting various medications. 

Jim Snabe, chairman of Munich, Germany-based manufacturer Siemens, said Dec. 1 these issues are likely to persist until next summer.


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