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Originally posted by dannotz
I think it's just a ploy to drive up the prices of drugs that they KNOW people need and will pay more for.
I Was listening to Coast2Coast the other night and they were speaking about this.
Anyone thats interested just look up C2C videos from the past 3 days.
The Food and Drug Administration says hospitals are running out of many important drugs, including popular chemotherapy medications such as Doxil.
So far this year, 180 drugs have been in short supply. Virtually all U.S. hospitals say they've been affected, and 82% say the problem has delayed care for patients, says the American Hospital Association.
"Usually, when you talk about shortages, it's either one of two things, or both, supply or demand. In this case, it really seems to be an issue with supply.
"The majority of these drug shortages really arise from one of a couple of possible reasons.
One of them is low capacity with the manufacturing process. A lot of these companies, a lot of these drugs are made in companies or factories that just don't have the capacity to make more.
A large percentage of these problems come when the inspectors, either the companies or the governments inspecting the production process, find contamination in these medications. They are more complicated to make.
Manufacturing has also grown more concentrated in recent years, resulting in fewer companies producing medications.