Lebanon has been suffering from a severe economic crisis for the last two years. The lack of foreign currency has made it hard for medicine companies to pay their suppliers, which resulted in a serious medicine shortage.
Medicine importers declared that they have run out of many critical drugs. The authorities, on the other hand, blame importers for the shortages. They claim that the importers hoard medicine to sell it at higher prices later.
Lebanese officials seize hundreds of thousands of stocked medicines every week. However, these operations are not effective enough and akin to herding cats. Instead of extinguishing illegal profit motives, trying to stop the black market with limited authority will not be effective.