Hospitals fight drug scarcity, fear patients harmed

A decreasing number of generic drug makers due to mergers within the pharmaceutical industry is being blamed for a shortage in many different types of medicines, including some cancer drugs, Anna Yukhananov of Reuters reported on Friday. According to Yukhananov, there are a couple of hundred different types of medicine that are currently facing shortages at medical facilities such as Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital, including nausea and nutrition drugs, infection treatments, diarrhea pills, and anesthetics, as well as leukemia and breast cancer treatments. The diminishing supply of these and other drugs is expected to be a major topic during this weekend's annual American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in Chicago, Illinois, she added. "Health officials blame the shortages on industry consolidation that has left only a handful of generic manufacturers of these drugs, even as the number of drugs going off patent is growing," Yukhananov said. "Some drugmakers have been plagued by manufacturing problems tha

Hospitals fight drug scarcity, fear patients harmed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - At the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, pharmacists are using old-fashioned paper spreadsheets to track their stock of drugs in short supply - a task that takes several ...

Sat 2 Jun 12 from Reuters

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Drug Shortages Causing Concern

A decreasing number of generic drug makers due to mergers within the pharmaceutical industry is being blamed for a shortage in many different types of medicines, including some cancer drugs, ...

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