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Pharmacies in Malaga experiencing shortage of face masks

A tourist wearing a mask in Malaga this week.
A tourist wearing a mask in Malaga this week. / F. P.
  • In recent days there has been a significant increase in requests for masks, especially those with in-built filters to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases

Pharmacies in Malaga have run out of face masks as a result of the alarm caused by the coronavirus outbreak which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

The general secretary of the Pharmaceutical Association of Malaga, Diego Rodríguez, told SUR that in recent days there has been a significant increase in requests for masks, especially those with in-built filters to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases.

The normal felt ones, he said, which also protect against the droplets that are expelled when coughing or sneezing, are still available but are less effective.

Rodríguez explained that it is rare for people to go to pharmacies to buy masks, so stocks of this health product are not very high. "We have asked them to supply us with more masks, but the pharmaceutical distributors have also exhausted their stocks, as it is a product that usually has little demand," he said.

As the masks are classified as health products and are not considered medicine, the regulation of these products is different from that of drugs and, therefore, no immediate action is required to avoid shortages.