drug shortages http://wfae.org en Congress Passes Bill That Could Help With Drug Shortages http://wfae.org/post/congress-passes-bill-could-help-drug-shortages <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last spring we reported on a serious problem in hospitals – </span><a href="http://wfae.org/post/drug-shortages-pose-dangers-hospitals-patients" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">shortages of critical drugs</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, including chemotherapy treatments, anesthetics and even basic vitamins. This week Congress passed a bill that could make it easier for hospitals to get drugs they can't find anywhere else. But there are also risks that come with this particular solution.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 13:55:31 +0000 Michael Tomsic 39645 at http://wfae.org Congress Passes Bill That Could Help With Drug Shortages FDA Inspections Put Compounding Pharmacies In Regulatory Gray Zone http://wfae.org/post/fda-inspections-put-compounding-pharmacies-regulatory-gray-zone <p>Now, a follow-up on a series we aired earlier this year on drug shortages in hospitals. We called it <a href="http://wfae.org/term/critical-supply" target="_blank">Critical Supply</a>, and we found that compounding pharmacies help hospitals fill the gap with some chemotherapy treatments, emergency crash-cart injections and even basic vitamins that go in IV fluids.</p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 13:26:27 +0000 Michael Tomsic 36090 at http://wfae.org FDA Inspections Put Compounding Pharmacies In Regulatory Gray Zone Study: Drug Shortages Force Doctors To Change, Delay Cancer Treatment http://wfae.org/post/study-drug-shortages-force-doctors-change-delay-cancer-treatment <p>Nine of 10 cancer doctors nationwide have had to delay or change chemotherapy treatments because of drug shortages. That's according to a study released last week, and it's another example of how shortages affect patients.</p><p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 20:12:47 +0000 Michael Tomsic 23943 at http://wfae.org 'Gray Market' Companies Take Advantage Of Drug Shortages http://wfae.org/post/gray-market-companies-take-advantage-drug-shortages <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week we're examining what one pharmacist calls the new normal for hospitals. In the Carolinas and across the country, hospitals are barely maintaining supplies of a wide variety of drugs - some basic, many life-saving.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 02:18:30 +0000 Michael Tomsic 23577 at http://wfae.org 'Gray Market' Companies Take Advantage Of Drug Shortages Production Problems, FDA Enforcement Help Explain Drug Shortages http://wfae.org/post/production-problems-fda-enforcement-help-explain-drug-shortages-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week we're reporting on a serious problem in health care. Hospitals are almost running out of a wide variety of critical drugs, including chemotherapy treatments, anesthetics, and even basic vitamins. There are hundreds of shortages, and hospital pharmacists and doctors say that's making it more difficult to care for patients.</span></p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 04:06:32 +0000 Michael Tomsic 23496 at http://wfae.org Production Problems, FDA Enforcement Help Explain Drug Shortages Drug Shortages Pose Dangers To Hospitals, Patients http://wfae.org/post/drug-shortages-pose-dangers-hospitals-patients <p>Around this time last year, many hospitals across the country almost ran out of two life-saving cancer drugs. They scraped by with the help of emergency shipments from overseas.</p><p>The availability of those two drugs has improved. But they're still in short supply, as are hundreds of others. They include first-choice chemotherapy treatments and anesthetics that are essential for surgery. It's the new normal, as one hospital pharmacist told us.</p><p>This week, WFAE's Michael Tomsic examines the problem in our series Critical Supply. Here's the first of his three reports.</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 05:27:08 +0000 Michael Tomsic 23344 at http://wfae.org Drug Shortages Pose Dangers To Hospitals, Patients