The Society of Government Pharmacists says there is a shortage of a number of medicines required for kidney and cancer patients.
Speaking during a media briefing in Colombo, Chairman of the Union, Ajith Tillekeratne said such patients are facing a major risk, at present.
Tillekeratne said a situation where even a piece of cotton or plaster could not be found in hospitals would arise in the future.
He said stocks of drugs used to increase the red blood cells in kidney patients are depleting while medicines required to ensure an individual the safety of persons who underwent a kidney transplant has also run out.
He said the expected results from a kidney transplant cannot be ensured without these drugs.
Tillekeratne said cancer patients receive both oral treatment and others adding these treatments need to be continued on a strict schedule.
He said however patients who have commenced treatment are facing a dire situation due to the shortage of essential medicines.
The Chairman of the Union said stocks of many drugs used for treating cardiac patients and soluble insulin stocks required for diabetic patients are currently depleting.
Ajith Tillekeratne said the Society of Government Pharmacists had previously informed relevant authorities including the President, the former Prime Minister, the former Minister of Finance, and the Ministry of Health that such a situation would arise adding however authorities failed to pay any attention.
Tillekeratne said the failure to take prompt action has resulted in patients facing severe burdens while the country’s hospital system is unable to function leading to the collapse of the entire health sector.