‘No shortage of psychiatric medication’

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AMMAN — There are no shortages of psychiatric medications in the Kingdom, according to a Ministry of Health official, Khaberni reported on Wednesday. His comments came in response to complaints about alleged shortages of lithium and clozapine.


The Health Ministry’s Director of Procurement and Supply Maher Al-Zyoud stressed that there are “no shortages” and that psychiatric medication is “available in all public mental health centers in all the governorates”.


The medication costs about JD3 million annually and is provided to the public free of charge “despite the high cost”, he said.


Both lithium and clozapine are stocked “in large quantities” at the ministry, he underlined.


The ministry spends roughly JD90 million a year on tenders for medicine, Zyoud said, adding that “any interruptions (in supply) ... are dealt with by the directorate through immediate purchases.”


All psychiatric medication is disbursed through specialized centers affiliated with the ministry.


“Psychiatric medicines are given to patients who have health insurance at a symbolic price, which is JD0.25, even if the price of a medicine is in the thousands — even private sector patients can also visit approved mental health centers affiliated with the Health Ministry to take their treatments at the same symbolic price,” Zyoud said.اضافة اعلان

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