Pharmacists have pleaded with the public to stop stockpiling medication amid the Covid-19 panic.
Pharmacies have reported being flooded with orders, with some stores in Northern Ireland seeing a four-fold spike compared to usual.
As the possibility of a nationwide lockdown looms, Britons have been prompted to ask their GPs for more medication than usual in case they can’t go out.
Millions with health conditions have been instructed to ‘shield’ themselves from society, avoiding pick-ups of medicine or food shopping.
GPs have been criticised for giving into panicked patients by doling out three-month long prescriptions, which goes against NHS guidelines.
Officials have said there is plenty of required drugs to meet demand, but if people stockpile, this could quickly change.