drug shortages

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

WFAE's Mark Rumsey and Michael Tomsic discuss the bill.

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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Local News
4:12 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Study: Drug Shortages Force Doctors To Change, Delay Cancer Treatment

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.


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Critical Supply
10:18 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

'Gray Market' Companies Take Advantage Of Drug Shortages

International Pharmaceuticals was a "gray market" wholesaler in Durham that took advantage of drug shortages.
Credit Michael Tomsic

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. 

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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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Critical Supply
1:27 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Drug Shortages Pose Dangers To Hospitals, Patients

Northern Hospital Pharmacy Director Darrell Estes checks his dwindling supply of a drug used in a variety of treatments.
Credit Michael Tomsic

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.

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.

This week, WFAE's Michael Tomsic examines the problem in our series Critical Supply. Here's the first of his three reports.

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