Drug shortages growing at U.S. hospitals

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    WASHINGTON -- A growing shortage of medications for a host of illnesses -- from cancer to cystic fibrosis to cardiac arrest -- has hospitals scrambling for substitutes to avoid patient harm, and sometimes even delaying treatment.
    "It's just a matter of time now before we call for a drug that we need to save a patient's life and we find out there isn't any," says Dr. Eric Lavonas of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
    The problem of scarce supplies or even completely unavailable medications isn't a new one but it's getting markedly worse. The number listed in short supply has tripled over the past five years, to a record 211 medications last year. While some of those have been resolved, another 89 drug shortages have occurred in the first three months of this year, according to the University of Utah's Drug Information Service. It tracks shortages for the American Society of Health-System
     
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    Oh, I thought you meant "Drugs makes your penis shorter", lol. I can breathe again now.
     
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    This was reported on the evening news last night. I believe one theory was that some drug labels are close to being eligible for generic marketing and the drug companies have halted production.
    One woman was not able to get the drugs needed for her chemo; I find it appalling.
     
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    i am on 2 prescriptions right now and whenever I go to have a refill they always give me half of what I'm supposed to get b/c of shortage. Both are brand name drugs too, so there is no generic substitute.
     
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