Nationwide drug shortages are getting bad, affecting healthcare and costs.
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) – How do you know that the drugs you need will always be there? Kids with Leukemia are dealing with a nationwide shortage of two cancer drugs and the situation has brought to light a much bigger problem of drug shortages and how that affects your health and what you end up paying.
The Food and Drug Administration confirms that the number of drug shortages in recent years has tripled calling it a “serious public issue”. Hospitals in Tucson say that the issue is pretty common. At one Texas hospital, it’s an epidemic. According to an article by American Statesman out of Texas, Seton Healthcare Pharmacy Director Shewan Aziz reports, “I’ve been in this business at least 23 or 24 years … and this is the worst it has been by far.”
Pharmacist Dana Reed-Kane of Reed’s Compounding Pharmacy in Tucson says — it’s a serious situation. “There are things coming up every day short. Doctors and hospitals call asking, ‘can you make this?’” …
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