A pharmaceutical task force is to help alleviate the supply bottlenecks for important medicines. Bavaria’s Health Minister Klaus Holetschek (CSU) announced on Wednesday that from now on, representatives of the Bavarian Association of Pharmacists, the pharmaceutical industry, wholesalers and health insurance companies will meet regularly to discuss how the supply of medicines can be secured and strengthened. The minister warned that the bottlenecks were noticeable for around 300 medicines, including fever syrup for children. Hans-Peter Hubmann, chairman of the Bavarian Association of Pharmacists, also warned that the number and duration of the failures had increased dramatically. Holetschek relies on the diversification of supply chains and calls for an end to dependence on countries with production monopolies.