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Drug Shortages: Will They Affect You?

June 30, 2012

Though more of an inconvenience at the moment than crisis, doctors and patients are finding that many drugs that are routinely used in patient care, and particularly for patients in the hospital, are in short supply. The problem has attracted the attention of the and has gathered information on drugs that are in short supply. In this post to HealthConnection, Dr. Jonathan MacClements from the UT Health discusses the problem of commonly used drugs that are in short supply.

Questions:

  1. We’ve been hearing about drug shortages in the news. What’s causing the problem?
  2. How many drugs are in short supply?
  3. How many drugs are in short supply?
  4. What is being done about the problem?
  5. Is the United States the only country affected?
  6. What impact will shortages have on cost?
  7. How can I find out if a drug I’m taking is on the list of those in short supply?
  8. What can I do if a drug I’m taking is on the list?
  9. Is this going to be a chronic, ongoing problem or will it be resolved?
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