The last few weeks media have been full of stories about a severe shortage of a chemotherapy drug -- preservative-free
Does that hold true locally in
Calls to local health systems found that drug shortages in general, particularly of infusion drugs, are an ongoing issue -- but none reported a crisis locally involving this particular drug. Nationally, the crisis is easing as manufacturers are ramping up production to increase supply.
Locally, one health care spokesperson believed that the subject -- care of cancerin children -- was what generated so much media attention about the most recent shortage.
We reported on the overall issue of the shortages of infusion drugs in "Peninsula Health Systems Work Around Drug Shortages," Sept. 2, 2011 -- approximately 180 drugs are found to be in short supply at any given time. We reported that local health systems spend more time and resources to maintain a constant supply for their patients which drives up the costs considerably. Some pointed to the "grey market" which contributes to supply interruptions.
In November, President Obama issued an executive order for the
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