There is an epidemic going on in the health care system that you may not be aware of--roughly 150 drugs are in limited supply. Among the drugs, according to a USA Today article posted online and as reported by the American Society of Healthcare System Pharmacists, are injectable drugs such as morphine, amikacin (an antibiotic for serious bacterial infections), and carmustine (a chemotherapy drug).
Why should this concern you? Even if it has not affected you yet, it could. If you were to be hospitalized, there’s no telling if a certain drug necessary to treat your condition would be available or not. Some hospital systems such as one in southwestern Washington state is moving products in short supply between its locations to try and meet demand.
Additionally, the situation has caused some health care providers to use “second choice” options for treatment, and sometimes with products where dosing isn’t familiar to the staff.
Why is this happening? We’ll look at some of the possible causes in the next article.
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Christine Jeffries is a writer/editor for work and at heart, and lives in a home of testosterone with her husband and two sons. Christine is interested in women’s health and promoting strong women.