Pharmacy sees respiratory equipment shortages

BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – While many are concerned about medicine shortages, a local pharmacist says her business is seeing shortages elsewhere.

Rhonda’s Pharmacy in Beckley doubles as a home medical equipment store. Lately, more people have been calling to ask about respiratory equipment that is usually used for patients with COPD or sleep apnea.

Rhonda Rose says her equipment requires a prescription, as hospitals have what they need to treat those diagnosed with COVID-19.

“Once they’ve been diagnosed with that, they are admitted to the hospital for observation,” said Rose. “Most of the treatment is done in the hospital. You have to have a certain diagnosis [like] asthma or COPD in order to receive the equipment.”
Since treatment is taken care of at the hospital for coronavirus patient, there is no need for the general public to buy unneeded respiratory equipment.
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