Compounding pharmacies

Local News
8:55 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Congress Passes Bill That Could Help With Drug Shortages

Medi-Fare Drug Center is a compounding pharmacy in Blacksburg, S.C.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Last spring we reported on a serious problem in hospitals – shortages of critical drugs, 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. 

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Local News
9:26 am
Thu September 26, 2013

FDA Inspections Put Compounding Pharmacies In Regulatory Gray Zone

The water tower in Blacksburg, S.C., stands behind Medi-Fare Drug Center.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Now, a follow-up on a series we aired earlier this year on drug shortages in hospitals. We called it Critical Supply, 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.

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Critical Supply
12:06 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Production Problems, FDA Enforcement Help Explain Drug Shortages

"Mount Backorder."
Credit Michael Tomsic

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.

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