Poland has run out of tuberculosis medications. Good friends and neighbors, the Czechs, are shipping some temporary stocks. According to Rzeczpospolita, a leading Polish daily, the only other country to have ever run out of tuberculosis drugs is Bangladesh. Luckily, Poland only has a quarter of the TB rate in neighboring Ukraine and Russia (25 new cases per 1000 pop/year, compared to 100 and 110 in Ukraine and Russia, respectively). But considering the TB epidemic on its border, the lack of the availability of TB treatment is a serious concern.
So how exactly did it come to this? The EU set a deadline of December 2008 to stop production of non-EU approved medications, a regulation which presumably affected the prevailing TB drug. The Polish Ministry of Health claimed that there was still a supply that would last a year and half. Not sure if that means there was a plan for what would happen in the meantime.