By MICHAEL BRUNGLESource REUTERSHealth professionals are urged to help those suffering from depression with medication.
An ABC News report on Monday said doctors are struggling to provide the medication to patients without the help of pharmacists.
In a survey of 1,600 primary care doctors, about one-quarter said they had no prescription for antidepressant drugs for depression, according to the ABC.
There was no immediate response from pharmaceutical companies on Monday to ABC’s report.
In 2016, the United States Department of Health and Human Services said it would provide up to $1 billion in funding for research on antidepressants to develop new treatments and treatments for depression.
The program, known as TRICARE, aims to find new treatments for the mental health condition and to provide patients with access to medication, the HHS said in a statement.
The funding will be used to develop medications and test new treatments, according the HHS.
The TRICare program also provides up to a year of coverage for people who have suffered a serious injury or illness as a result of mental health issues.
In 2017, a total of 9,000 people received TRICOPs, according an Associated Press tally of TRICIP data.
The Federal Aviation Administration also said it was working on adding new flights to the Northeast Corridor to support medical workers who need to help out.
The agency said it is also planning to create a national mental health training initiative, to include doctors, nurses and other mental health professionals.