“If we do not treat people with psychiatric diseases from the beginning properly, aggressively and get the disease under control as soon as possible. The long term prognosis becomes much worse. In the long term, the prognosis is poorer if they don’t treat them properly with psychiatric medicines. Most of these diseases are life long diseases. The taking of medication, staying on it, being compliant and adherence is absolutely important.”
A drug stock-out refers to a situation where an item – in this case, medication for mental healthcare – is out of stock and not available to be dispensed to a patient.
While this online discussion focused on the issue related to drugs for the use of mental healthcare management, medical experts say that the availability of ARV and TB drugs is also a challenge in South Africa.
Korb has also cautioned against patients simply accepting generic medicine options without consulting a doctor.