Mackay Discount Drug Store owner David Aprile is assuring residents there is no need to stockpile prescriptions and medications amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Mackay Discount Drug Store owner David Aprile is assuring residents there is no need to stockpile prescriptions and medications amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Mackay pharmacist urges calm as COVID-19 concerns grow

THERE is no need for panic at the drugstore with a leading Mackay pharmacist moving to assure residents supplies will be delivered.

Mackay Discount Drug Store owner David Aprile has allayed concerns the region's medication supplies would be depleted in the wake of border closures and tightening measures designed to flatten the coronavirus curve.

"In each state you have distributors with huge stockpiles that are housed within the borders of Queensland," Mr Aprile said.

"We are getting the stock from the manufacturers and the State Government has said it won't hold up essential supplies.

"There will not be a problem in that regard.

"I am not saying that you won't find pharmacies without stock - it depends on what demand they have had - but it might mean you have to go to three or four different pharmacies."

Mr Aprile, a pharmacist of more than 20 years, said the initial panic buying and stockpiling had eased as chemists enforced limits.

But he warned some shortages may be experienced at some stores.

"There may be the odd medication that occasionally goes short but the important message is that we are not going to run out of anything," he said.

"We can substitute, there are medications that can fill the role if we do get short."

Social distancing measures had been put in place at his Mackay store and Mr Aprile urged customers to be patient with staff.

"We weren't prepared for it, and neither was anyone else," Mr Aprile said of the initial escalating pandemic.

"It was totally challenging times at the start of it all.

"We obviously have to take all the precautions in house as best we can, and we continue to do that on a daily basis."

Mr Aprile said his pharmacy, like others in Mackay, were delivering with staff instructed to make "no contact" drop-offs.



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