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2011 medication shortages set new record at 267
Associated Press ^ | January 3, 6:27 PM EST | By LINDA A. JOHNSON

Posted on 01/03/2012 5:30:25 PM PST by bd476



TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- The number of new prescription drug shortages in 2011 shot up to 267, well above the prior record and about four times the number of medication shortages in the middle of the last decade.

Figures just released by the University of Utah Drug Information Service, which tracks national drug shortages, show there were 56 more newly reported drug shortages in the U.S. last year than in 2010, when there were 211. By contrast, there were only 58 drug shortages reported in 2004.

As the drug shortages worsen, so does their impact on patient care, particularly in hospitals. The inability to get crucial medicines has disrupted chemotherapy, surgery and care for patients with infections and pain. At least 15 deaths since 2010 have been blamed on the shortages, which have set a record high in each of the last five years.

"At the beginning of the year, we were on a pace of about a shortage every day," Erin R. Fox, manager of the service, told The Associated Press. "Luckily, that pace has definitely diminished."

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Besides disrupting patient care, the shortages have delayed clinical trials comparing experimental drugs to older ones and have led to unprecedented price gouging, with hospitals sometimes having to pay outrageous markups for scarce drugs.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: depopulation; drugcartel; drugshortages; economy; fda; medicationshortages; monopoly
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A pharmacist friend shared with me his alarm over the shortages before Christmas. He said that it was the FDA creating the shortages with brand new regulations. He said American pharmaceutical companies were not to blame for the shortages and that he expects it to get a lot worse this year.




1 posted on 01/03/2012 5:30:27 PM PST by bd476
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To: bd476

Just another modus operandi for culling the population.


2 posted on 01/03/2012 5:34:12 PM PST by Domestic Church (AMDG ...)
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To: bd476

This is totally deliberate.

Stock up on hydrogen peroxide, oil of oregano, other essential oils. Betadine, alcohol, antiseptic washes with lidocaine.


3 posted on 01/03/2012 5:36:05 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: bd476

Yep, it’s the FDA setting quotas on the production of those drugs in which we’re experiencing shortages. The drug companies can manufacture only the amount they were granted permission to make.


4 posted on 01/03/2012 5:37:13 PM PST by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: Domestic Church
Domestic Church wrote: "Just another modus operandi for culling the population."

Whether or not their actions are intentional, the results have made you exactly right.


5 posted on 01/03/2012 5:40:19 PM PST by bd476
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To: Secret Agent Man
Good idea.

6 posted on 01/03/2012 5:41:27 PM PST by bd476
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To: BuckeyeTexan
You're right. It will also take a toll on the pharmaceutical companies whose profit margins are not as fat as some allege.

7 posted on 01/03/2012 5:45:25 PM PST by bd476
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To: bd476

“.....with hospitals sometimes having to pay outrageous markups for scarce drugs.”

What your friend said, and from the article tell me this is just another way the Leftist’s are attacking the system.


8 posted on 01/03/2012 5:49:04 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: bd476

bfl


9 posted on 01/03/2012 5:52:59 PM PST by goodnesswins (Happy New Year.....may it be better than the last!)
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To: rockinqsranch
rockinqsranch wrote:

".....with hospitals sometimes having to pay outrageous markups for scarce drugs."

What your friend said, and from the article tell me this is just another way the Leftist's are attacking the system.

Bingo. It's going to continue unless Obama is sent back to Chicago in November.


10 posted on 01/03/2012 5:54:53 PM PST by bd476
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To: bd476

There was a couple of weeks last year when the hospital where I work damn near ran out of Morphine. They had to buy it from local pharmacies to scrape by.

How in the hell could that possibly happen? There’s no reason Morphine couldn’t be as plentiful as Tobacco. It comes from Poppy flowers.....

Our head pharmacist later told me it was the DEA’s fault, but the suppliers and .gov were pretty much pointing fingers of blame at one another.


11 posted on 01/03/2012 5:57:38 PM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: KoRn
Clinton got the government too involved in the availability and distribution of vaccines. The authority he gave the FDA is destroying our supplies of necessary medicine.

This is what happens when you a sex crazed hillbilly as President.

12 posted on 01/03/2012 6:02:55 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: KoRn

That is frightening to hear, Korn. It very much appears to be the FDA’s fault but why it’s happening right now I can only guess.


13 posted on 01/03/2012 6:03:30 PM PST by bd476
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To: Secret Agent Man

Oil of oregano? What’s that for?


14 posted on 01/03/2012 6:08:02 PM PST by NoKoolAidforMe (I'm clinging to my God and my guns. You can keep the change.)
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To: bd476

The elephant in the room regarding this issue which no one around here will talk about is Medicare Part D - brought to us courtesy of Dubya and a GOP controlled Congress.


15 posted on 01/03/2012 6:17:50 PM PST by KantianBurke (Where was the Tea Party when Dubya was spending like a drunken sailor?)
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To: KantianBurke
KantianBurke wrote: "The elephant in the room regarding this issue which no one around here will talk about is Medicare Part D - brought to us courtesy of Dubya and a GOP controlled Congress."

KantianBurke, would you please copy and paste or even just link to the specific section in Medicare Part D which you are claiming ordered FDA to impose new restrictions and brought about these shortages?

Thanks.

16 posted on 01/03/2012 6:28:58 PM PST by bd476
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To: bd476

Socialism = Shortages.


17 posted on 01/03/2012 6:30:16 PM PST by vlad335
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To: bd476; All


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18 posted on 01/03/2012 6:32:38 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: NoKoolAidforMe

Do your own homework! Oil of Oregano and Barlean’s OIl Leaf Solution could save your immune system at some point.

All of these medicines are derived from natural ingredients which they are trying to eliminate with the passage of SSA 550 last year.

It’s all about money, greed, political payoffs and population control.
read naturalnews.com , it will open your eyes.

Good luck.


19 posted on 01/03/2012 6:36:45 PM PST by acapesket
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To: bd476; vlad335

What Vlad said. If you think the government promising to provide “free” pills for all the old folks isn’t directly related to these shortages, you’re living in a fantasy world.


20 posted on 01/03/2012 6:39:26 PM PST by KantianBurke (Where was the Tea Party when Dubya was spending like a drunken sailor?)
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To: acapesket

Sorry! Barlean’s is Olive Leaf Complex.


21 posted on 01/03/2012 6:40:15 PM PST by acapesket
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To: bd476

Agreed. And that means no significant research done on new drugs when profits fall. And that means that existing patents will be renewed and no generics added.


22 posted on 01/03/2012 6:40:29 PM PST by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: musicman
Nice graphic, Musicman!

Thanks for stopping in for a Freepathon reminder visit.

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23 posted on 01/03/2012 6:42:27 PM PST by bd476
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To: NoKoolAidforMe

Incredible antiseptic/antibiotic properties.


24 posted on 01/03/2012 6:45:13 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: bd476

The biggest scandal the corrupt Regime Media refuses to report on.

Basic cancer meds, including many for children, are missing.

Many essential medications in the Emergency Room are gone. It is all due to the Obama Regime and its utterly imcompetent medical bureaucracy.

I will wager anything that there are no shortages of these 267 medications in Washington.


25 posted on 01/03/2012 6:46:16 PM PST by FormerACLUmember
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To: FormerACLUmember
FormerACLUmember wrote: "I will wager anything that there are no shortages of these 267 medications in Washington."

Agree.


26 posted on 01/03/2012 6:53:01 PM PST by bd476
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To: BuckeyeTexan
Agree. It's going to be a very bumpy ride for everyone.

27 posted on 01/03/2012 6:54:52 PM PST by bd476
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To: KantianBurke

I am an RN and work in the ICU. I have worked as a nurse for 19 years and this past year was the first time I can ever remember not having some drugs available. Diprovan, Heparin, certain IV antibiotics went out of stock and had our pharmacy scrambling to get replacements. We were buying our Propophol from another country at one point.

This is just a preview of what is coming.


28 posted on 01/03/2012 6:59:12 PM PST by vlad335
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To: KantianBurke


KantianBurke, would you please copy and paste or even just link to the specific section in Medicare Part D which you claim ordered FDA to impose new restrictions which brought about these shortages.

Thanks.


29 posted on 01/03/2012 7:02:07 PM PST by bd476
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To: acapesket

Thanks for the info.


30 posted on 01/03/2012 7:03:08 PM PST by NoKoolAidforMe (I'm clinging to my God and my guns. You can keep the change.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Thanks.


31 posted on 01/03/2012 7:04:34 PM PST by NoKoolAidforMe (I'm clinging to my God and my guns. You can keep the change.)
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To: vlad335
vlad335 wrote: "Socialism = Shortages."

Agree and sadly this is just the beginning.

32 posted on 01/03/2012 7:05:29 PM PST by bd476
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To: bd476
folks go have a colonoscopy and have to be given a secondary drug instead of fentynal....you'll be awake the whole time and feel every little jab like you're being punched....and you'll remember everything going on...

it used to be that you pretty much slept from the git go and remember nothing....

this is what voting for rats and third party people get us....a monster govt. attacking the smallest of comforts for we the peasants...

33 posted on 01/03/2012 7:15:24 PM PST by cherry
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To: vlad335

Here is a somewhat balanced report.

http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2011/12/12/gvsa1212.htm

Other reports the FDA pointing fingers at inept manufactures and imply drug company greed is the cause.


34 posted on 01/03/2012 7:24:13 PM PST by listenhillary (Look your representatives in the eye and ask if they intend to pay off the debt. They will look away)
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To: cherry
folks go have a colonoscopy and have to be given a secondary drug instead of fentynal....you'll be awake the whole time and feel every little jab like you're being punched....and you'll remember everything going on... it used to be that you pretty much slept from the git go and remember nothing....

The first colonoscopy I told them to go easy on the Versed because I was a bit combative coming out of a gall bladder surgery. As a result, I had enough not to care what was going on but not so much that I wasn't aware of what was going on. I was watching the screen and then asked the doctor, "So, during one of these procedures do you ever see something and say, "Oh, shit!"

The second time I had one, same hospital, I told them what happened the first time and they TOTALLY snowed me. Ha ha ha. It was great!
35 posted on 01/03/2012 7:34:49 PM PST by aruanan
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To: Domestic Church

“Just another modus operandi for culling the population.”

And a big cost savings too! A twofer!


36 posted on 01/03/2012 7:49:18 PM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: cherry

“folks go have a colonoscopy and have to be given a secondary drug instead of fentynal....you’ll be awake the whole time and feel every little jab like you’re being punched....and you’ll remember everything going on...”

There’s some kind of ironic statement that one could make here involving artificial shortages caused by over-regulation and feeling things being stuck up one’s $%#, but I can’t seem to find it...


37 posted on 01/03/2012 7:52:07 PM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Secret Agent Man

What is oil of oregano good for?


38 posted on 01/03/2012 7:55:05 PM PST by oblomov
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To: KoRn

“How in the hell could that possibly happen? There’s no reason Morphine couldn’t be as plentiful as Tobacco. It comes from Poppy flowers.....”

Seems to me that the Afghans have poppy plants by the bushel basket. You would THINK that we could get some, cheap.


39 posted on 01/03/2012 7:57:33 PM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: bd476

FDA, BATFE, DOJ, EPA - all alphabet goobermint agencies have become forces for evil against their own citizens in the past few years.

The next few years are going to be very tense.


40 posted on 01/03/2012 7:58:06 PM PST by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED)
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To: bd476

It’s obvious what is happening:

PHARMACY EXECUTIVE: There are reports of shortages of the drugs we make.

ASSISTANT: Then we should ramp up production and make lots of money!

PHARMACY EXECUTIVE: No, let’s not do that. I get more joy out of reading about people suffering and dying than I do in making money.

I am being totally sarcastic, of course. I wonder if liberals think that companies actually behave this way. If there’s a shortage, it’s virtually always the fault of a government.


41 posted on 01/03/2012 8:00:15 PM PST by Our man in washington
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To: oblomov
What is oil of oregano good for?

benefits

42 posted on 01/03/2012 8:05:48 PM PST by alrea
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To: cherry
cherry wrote: "folks go have a colonoscopy and have to be given a secondary drug instead of fentynal....you'll be awake the whole time and feel every little jab like you're being punched....and you'll remember everything going on...

it used to be that you pretty much slept from the git go and remember nothing....

this is what voting for rats and third party people get us....a monster govt. attacking the smallest of comforts for we the peasants..."


Yet some folks seem to shrug this off as if there's nothing wrong, or that there is nothing they can do about it.

43 posted on 01/03/2012 8:09:40 PM PST by bd476
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To: bd476

Naive much?


44 posted on 01/03/2012 8:13:06 PM PST by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: Our man in washington

I do want to say that we are generally over medicated here in the US......I wish we could just say “screw you” to big pharma and the insurance companies...
to


45 posted on 01/03/2012 8:14:45 PM PST by cherry
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To: Our man in washington

I do want to say that we are generally over medicated here in the US......I wish we could just say “screw you” to big pharma and the insurance companies...
to


46 posted on 01/03/2012 8:14:52 PM PST by cherry
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To: Our man in washington
Our man in washington wrote: " ...I am being totally sarcastic, of course. I wonder if liberals think that companies actually behave this way. If there’s a shortage, it’s virtually always the fault of a government."

I loved your sarcasm because those were words from the mouths of all the liberals I've ever heard. Behind closed doors, hopefully a few liberals know better. Yet in public, they never seem to risk questioning their rabid leaders.

47 posted on 01/03/2012 8:24:45 PM PST by bd476
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To: Our man in washington
PHARMACY EXECUTIVE: There are reports of shortages of the drugs we make.
ASSISTANT: Then we should ramp up production and make lots of money!

PHARMACY EXECUTIVE: No, let’s not do that. I get more joy out of reading about people suffering and dying than I do in making money.


The Lib belief system at its best!
48 posted on 01/03/2012 8:25:48 PM PST by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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wac3rd wrote: "Naive much?"

Explain.


49 posted on 01/03/2012 8:30:24 PM PST by bd476
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To: bd476
These shortages are part of the slow implementation of Obamacare. And, yes, it's a feature, not a bug.

I had heard of the shortage of chemo drugs; but, just in the past few weeks I have been reading of shortages of drugs used in the "crash carts" at hospital emergency rooms.

50 posted on 01/03/2012 8:35:46 PM PST by LibertarianLiz
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