Argentines have long bemoaned trade barriers that occasionally led to shortages of imported car tires, iPhones and medicine. But these days, women here are ruing the scarcity of a much more personal item: tampons.
On Friday, retailers and tampon distributors said they were scrambling to arrange the delivery of fresh shipments, possibly from Brazil, as early as next week. For now, women are finding it nearly impossible to find tampons at pharmacies and smaller supermarkets around the countryan embarrassing situation for President Cristina Kirchner ’s government, which has had to publicly address the problem.
It’s all over allocation of scarce foreign exchange of course. But:
Some commentators said such a problem shouldn’t happen in a country governed by a female president.
Perhaps not in one with a pre-menopausal female President……