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Sat Nov 17, 2012, 02:41 PM

Drug Shortages Persist in U.S., Harming Care

Paul Davis, the chief of a rural ambulance squad in southern Ohio, was down to his last vial of morphine earlier this fall when a woman with a broken leg needed a ride to the hospital.

The trip was 30 minutes, and the patient was in pain. But because of a nationwide shortage, his morphine supply had dwindled from four doses to just one, presenting Mr. Davis with a stark quandary. Should he treat the woman, who was clearly suffering? Or should he save it for a patient who might need it more?

In the end, he opted not to give her the morphine, a decision that haunts him still. “I just feel like I’m not doing my job,” said Mr. Davis, who is chief of the rescue squad in Vernon, Ohio. He has since refilled his supply. “I shouldn’t have to make those kinds of decisions.”

From rural ambulance squads to prestigious hospitals, health care workers are struggling to keep vital medicines in stock because of a drug shortage crisis that is proving to be stubbornly difficult to fix. Rationing is just one example of the extraordinary lengths being taken to address the shortage, which health care workers say has ceased to be a temporary emergency and is now a fact of life. In desperation, they are resorting to treating patients with less effective alternative medicines and using expired drugs. The Cleveland Clinic has hired a pharmacist whose only job is to track down hard-to-find drugs.

full: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/17/business/drug-shortages-are-becoming-persistent-in-us.html?pagewanted=all

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Sat Nov 17, 2012, 03:07 PM

1. Once more "private industry" shows why we also need gub'mint.

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Sat Nov 17, 2012, 08:37 PM

2. The solution is obvious

Make those drugs illegal and you'll be able to buy them on the street corner within a week.

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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:09 AM

3. BIZARRE STORY WITHOUT PROOF

 

I know society is going down hill fast, but there are world wide supplies for everything. Money normally buys what is required. Lastly I have NOT read anything about any drug shortage except in GREECE.


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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:44 AM

4. Boy, "they" really showed us - we get healthcare, but no pharmaceuticals

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