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Originally posted by NightSkyeB4Dawn
My job places me in close contact with medical and pharmaceutical operations.
Several months ago I thought it unusual to see memos and postings that a commonly used medication was unavailable and on back order. The next month another frequently used medication was on backorder.
My initial response was that the hospital was just trying to save money and was doing short ordering and getting caught with its pants down. I forgot about it until a couple of days ago when a medication that is not only frequently used but is a main staple to almost every hospital, clinic and surgical center, was in shortage and on back order. Playing back over my memory it seems that there have been shortages of some medication almost monthly now for over six months, from my experience.
This is ATS. If there is something going on out there that we should be paying attention to, ATS is the place that will root out the conspiracy, if one exist.
Has anyone noticed recent medication shortages? If this is occurring on a large scale, maybe by looking at the types of medications that are suddenly going short and possibly being stockpiled, will give us an idea of what may be coming down the pike and give us an idea of what medications we should be adding to our medicine chests.
This may be just a response to the sad condition of our country’s financial status or it may another oddity in our everyday that is a clue to what may be hiding in plain sight.
Posted: Monday, March 19, 2012, 11:39 AM
Over the past two years, our country has been dealing with the worst drug shortage situation I have seen in over 40 years of practicing pharmacy. I first wrote about the situation in July 2010, after hearing from colleagues around the country who were having trouble obtaining needed medications.
Nearly two years later, it continues to be a major public health issue. At times, patients have been unable to obtain otherwise commonly used medications, including critically important drugs for cancer, emergency medications like epinephrine, pain medications including morphine, and even certain mainstay antibiotics or anesthetics used during operations.
Shortages of the painkillers, nausea-relieving drugs and sedatives that inject calm into Canadian hospitals have triggered a nationwide drug crisis.
Politicians, hospitals, physicians and, ultimately, patients are struggling with a scarcity of various injectables, including morphine to ease end of life pain, ondansetron to relieve nausea during chemotherapy and protamine, crucial for heart bypass operations
Long before Sandoz Canada’s Quebec factory, where most of Canada’s generic injectables are made, slowed its production to meet U.S. Food and Drug Administration standards, and long before a fire briefly shut the plant, the strains on the system have alarmed health-care providers across the country.
Originally posted by rbkruspe
I think its partly to get more people to take that newer Vyvanse stuff. Adderall is pretty old and is a med that is popular even though its gone generic
Originally posted by Asktheanimals
reply to post by RobinB022
Meanwhile people are dropping like flies due to cancer medication shortages.
Originally posted by virraszto
Adderall is almost impossible to get now---10 or 20 mg. I even had my script changed to the 24hr, which I was told most places would have and they did for a few months. Now I can't get either generic or name brand. I can't keep running to the dr to get my script changed.
I heard that there is a new adhd medicine on the market and the reason for the adderall shortage is so people will switch to the new medicine. Don't know how true that is.
Originally posted by chevy369
Also the gov't is buying ammunition like crazy and causing prices to go up as well. It is not just drugs.