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A growing shortage of medications for a host of illnesses -- from cancer to cystic fibrosis to cardiac arrest -- has hospitals scrambling for substitutes to avoid patient harm, and sometimes even delaying treatment. "It's just a matter of time now before we call for a drug that we need to save a patient's life and we find out there isn't any," says Dr. Eric Lavonas of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
The shortage that's made the most headlines is a sedative used on death row. But on the health-care front, shortages are wide-ranging, including
- Thiotepa, used with bone marrow transplants.
-- A whole list of electrolytes, injectable nutrients crucial for certain premature infants and tube-feeding of the critically ill.
-- Norepinephrine injections for septic shock.
-- A cystic fibrosis drug named acetylcysteine.
-- Injections used in the ER for certain types of cardiac arrest.
-- Certain versions of pills for ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
-- Some leuprolide hormone injections used in fertility treatment.
No one is tracking patient harm. But last fall, the nonprofit Institute for Safe Medication Practices said it had two reports of people who died from the wrong dose of a substitute painkiller during a morphine shortage.
But the Generic Pharmaceutical Association says some shortages are beyond industry control, such as FDA inspections or stockpiling that can exacerbate a shortage.
Originally posted by Advantage
FDA inspections interfering with and stopping/slowing productions and stockpiling?
Originally posted by Advantage
Why is the FDA doing this? More filthy facilities? Contamination? More FDA manipulation?Where are the meds being kept and why arent they given to those who need them to live or hospitals that need the meds for emergencies?
Originally posted by freakshowfatty
or what if they are storing meds along with all the other supplies in norway it would make sense that along with all that space meds would be a high priority?
Originally posted by emberscott
Stockpiling? Who honestly gives a damn?
Humans have existed on this planet with the bare necessities of water, breath, food, and sex.
Yet suddenly there's something more to worry about? Something that was never needed before?
Originally posted by darrman
reply to post by Advantage
it is very de-humanizing ...
i take a pill 2 times a day.. it helps....
and the doctor DIDN'T believe me when i said it was in short supply.. i could have gotten 3 months worth,
,,3 months ago....
Today,, it is nowhere to be found...
looking for alternatives........ but no help..
Originally posted by Highlander64
reply to post by LargeFries
with the huge profits on meds I can't be convinced the pharma companies have problems manufacturing
what does it cost them to make a pill? about 0.1 cents, then they sell it to us for $1 per pill or more....
sounds more like a shopping list for a prolonged stay in a safe house