ADANA — “They are out," said the father of a sick 4-year-old boy to his wife on the phone at a small pharmacy in Turkey’s southern province of Adana. He was desperate to find antibiotics for his son just a few days after a plane carrying 250,000 bottles of children's pain and fever relief medication from Turkey arrived in Canada to relieve the North American country of its drug shortage.
“Of course, I’m angry at the government,” Yusuf Hakverdi told Al-Monitor. “We went to four different pharmacies to find antibiotics. What good is the government?” he vehemently asked, adding that this was not the first time he was returning home empty-handed from a medicine hunt over the past year, echoing the outrage of millions.