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  • Drug Shortages Forcing Hard Decisions on Rationing Treatments

    01/29/2016 12:23:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | 1/29/16 | Sheri Fink
    CLEVELAND — In the operating room at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Brian Fitzsimons has long relied on a decades-old drug to prevent hemorrhages in patients undergoing open-heart surgery. The drug, aminocaproic acid, is widely used, cheap and safe. “It never hurt,” he said. “It only helps.” Then manufacturing issues caused a national shortage. “We essentially did military-style triage,” said Dr. Fitzsimons, an anesthesiologist, restricting the limited supply to patients at the highest risk of bleeding complications. Those who do not get the once-standard treatment at the clinic, the nation’s largest cardiac center, are not told. “The patient is asleep,” he...
  • National Shortage of Normal Saline

    01/11/2014 1:13:07 PM PST · by bkopto · 43 replies ^ | Jan 9, 2014 | MadWife2002
    How is this shortage of Normal Saline going to affect your facilities? I hear that Baxter may have production levels back to normal on the 17th January? This has the potential to be detrimental to our dialysis patients. Fresenius are also experiencing a shortage of saline Are your facilities making back up plans? I hear that hospitals will be affected too! Some of the units I work with use a vast amount of Normal saline per day What I want to know is how are these 'drugs' in short supply? Normal Saline, seriously how can this happen!
  • Maalox RECALL (Has any one noticed the absence of Maalox from store shelves?)

    07/04/2012 4:40:14 AM PDT · by GailA · 52 replies ^ | January 9, 2012 | Tracy Staton
    I searched FR and found no notice of the recall, and sure have not seen it on the news. I know I've been hit and miss due to a lot of health issues this past year, but we do watch the nightly news. And anything this big would have caught my attention because I keep Maalox in the house for occasional mild stomach upset/reflux when I eat something that disagrees with my stomach. Went to buy a bottle of Maalox and tried several different stores and types, finally one of the gals at a local Kroger's said Maalox had been...
  • Shortage of drug threatens isle cancer patients [and nationwide]

    02/14/2012 9:31:31 AM PST · by alancarp · 4 replies
    Hawaiian Star-Advertiser ^ | Feb 11, 2012 | Star-Advertiser reporter Kristen Consillio and reporter Gardiner Harris contributed to this report.
    <p>A national drug shortage is threatening to disrupt cancer therapy for 24-year-old Tammie Miura and at least 100 Hawaii patients who use the medicine as a main source of treatment.</p> <p>Hospital officials nationwide are fearful that the drug, methotrexate a crucial medicine in the treatment of childhood cancers will be exhausted within the next two weeks after a major supplier stopped producing it in November. Hawaii has not yet seen a shortage because local hospitals typically stock up on the drug, though medical providers and patients are worried that could soon change.</p>
  • Adderall Drug Shortage Will Continue in 2012, Government Officials Say

    01/04/2012 9:09:45 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News ^ | January 3, 2012 | Mikaela Conley
    A contentious relationship between drug manufacturers and the Drug Enforcement Agency may cause a continuing shortage of the attention deficit medication Adderall, which the FDA just added to its official drug shortages list, the New York Times reported. As of 2007, about 9.5 percent, or 5.4 million, of school-aged children were diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyper Disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Adderall prescriptions went up 13.4 percent from 2009 to 2010, and more than 18 million prescriptions were written for the drug, Reuters reported. As demand for the drug grows, more and more patients have...
  • 2011 medication shortages set new record at 267

    01/04/2012 7:37:55 AM PST · by JoeGar · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 3, 2012 | Linda A. Johnson
    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....The FDA says the main reason for the shortages is manufacturing deficiencies leading to production shutdowns. Other reasons include companies ending production of some drugs with tiny profit margins, consolidation in the generic drug industry and limited supplies of some ingredients.
  • 2011 medication shortages set new record at 267

    01/03/2012 5:30:25 PM PST · by bd476 · 52 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 3, 6:27 PM EST | By LINDA A. JOHNSON
    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...
  • Obama's Drug Shortage Demagoguery

    11/04/2011 6:13:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | November 4, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    President Obama couldn't wait to trample over the legislative process again. This week, he issued his 98th executive order on an irresistibly exploitatable policy issue: prescription drug shortages. Soon, "One a Day" won't just be a multivitamin. It'll be the rate of White House administrative fiats. Federal officials darkly suggest that selfish industry "stockpiling" is endangering Americans' lives. "If we find out that prices are being driven up because shortages are being made worse by manipulations of companies or distributors," the White House further threatened, "agencies will be empowered to stop those practices. And the FDA and the Department of...
  • Obama Orders FDA to Reduce Drug Shortages (Executive Order)

    10/31/2011 1:56:39 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 107 replies · 2+ views ^ | October 31, 2011 | unattributed
    Acting once again without Congress, President Obama on Monday was directing the Food and Drug Administration to take steps to reduce drug shortages that administration officials say have placed patients at risk and led to price gouging. The president signed an executive order -- his fifth in a week -- instructing the FDA to take action absent congressional approval. Last year, the FDA reported 178 drug shortages -- mainly cancer drugs, anesthetics, electrolytes and emergency room drugs -- and the agency says it continues to see an increase in shortages this year. The White House also announced Obama's support for...

    08/29/2011 7:39:56 AM PDT · by Marty62 · 74 replies · 1+ views
    various | 8-29-2011 | various
    Locally the news has been covering the shortage of Cancer Drugs. Patients are haveing life saving surgeries and trestments prosponded or delayed due to this shortage. This situation led me to ask WHY? I have found that Doctors are fighting to get drugs for their patients. Nuclear Medicine (lukemia etc) is having shortages of Isotopes due to the destruction of the Nuclear Industry. Have we missed the complicity of the Obama Admin in this silent genocide. When Gov policies result in a class of people dying it is in fact genocide. Big Pharma held meetings with the Administration and by...
  • Dog Heartworm Drug Supply Runs Out (Doggie Lover's PING)

    08/23/2011 7:14:11 AM PDT · by Marie · 85 replies
    My FOX ^ | 12Aug11 | Lari Barager
    FORT WORTH, Texas - If your dog has heartworms it will be harder to get a cure. The only company producing the parasite-killing drug has run out and veterinarians dont know when theyll get more. Veterinarians across the country are in a quandary because Immiticide is the only FDA-approved drug available to treat dogs with heartworms. Drug company Merial said its supply is gone and it cant produce any more because it cant get the drugs active ingredient in the United States. The FDA has been hesitant to allow overseas suppliers to fill American orders. Vets are working with what...
  • Fears as cancer drug shortage hits U.S. with supplies of 180 treatments running low

    08/23/2011 5:16:24 AM PDT · by GailA · 27 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 8/20/11 | Ted Thornhill
    At least 180 drugs vital for treating deadly diseases such as childhood leukemia and breast cancer are in short supply in the U.S. Doctors and politicians are becoming increasingly alarmed at the situation and are proposing to set-up a stockpile of cancer treatments and to import drugs from a non-profit company. The situation is being exacerbated by costs for some drugs rising steeply, manufacturing capacity problems and some treatments not being made in great supply because they yield small profits. Read more:
  • An Rx for Shortages

    06/24/2011 4:40:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Nat. Review ^ | 6/24/11 | Editors
    The Food and Drug Administration is notoriously allergic to the concept of tradeoffs: FDA bureaucrats see eliminating risk as their highest goal, no matter what benefits might be destroyed in the process. This tendency has manifested itself most tragically in the current drug shortage. About 150 drugs considered medically necessary, including anesthetics and medications that treat lethal illnesses such as leukemia, are today in shortage. This problem has been growing since at least 2005, and there are several causes for it but overly stringent FDA regulations are one reason it has reached such immense proportions. Since the tainted drugs...
  • Deadly Regulations

    06/19/2011 4:16:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | June 19, 2011 | John C. Goldman
    How many of you have not been able to get a drug you needed to properly deliver anesthesia to a patient?” I asked. Every hand in the room went up. “How did that affect your patients?” I asked. “Two of our patients died,” one woman answered. I was speaking to a group of nurse anesthetists, enrolled in a business management program at Marshall University in West Virginia. I wish I could say their experience is unusual. It isn’t. About 90 percent of all the anesthesiologists in the country report they are experiencing a shortage of at least one anesthetic. Drug...
  • Shortages of key drugs endanger patients

    05/15/2011 6:09:11 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 26, 2011 | By Rob Stein
    Doctors, hospitals and federal regulators are struggling to cope with an unprecedented surge in drug shortages in the United States that is endangering cancer patients, heart attack victims, accident survivors and a host of other ill people. A record 211 medications became scarce in 2010 triple the number in 2006 and at least 89 new shortages have been recorded through the end of March, putting the nation on track for far more scarcities. Some medical centers are rationing drugs including one urgently needed by leukemia patients postponing surgeries and other care, and scrambling for substitutes, often...
  • Drug shortages plague Berks, U.S.

    04/20/2011 4:21:54 PM PDT · by bvw · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Reading Eagle Press ^ | 4/19/2011 | Jason Brudereck
    The number of prescription drug shortages has reached critical levels and is likely to get worse, not better, according to a national report and Berks County pharmacy managers. "I would hope that it's going to get better but I haven't seen anything that leads me to believe that's going to happen," said John Mercer, director of operations for Reading Hospital's in-house pharmacy. "It's gotten worse in the last few years and it's continuing to get worse." Shortages have also hit St. Joseph Medical Center, spokesman Michael B. Jupina said. Martin J. Kendra, pharmacist and owner of Birdsboro Pharmacy, said part...