(By Alison Kodjak for NPR)
Sometimes IV bags are hard for hospitals to come by. Other times it’s injectable folic acid to treat anemias. Right now the tissue-numbing agent lidocaine is in short supply.
Shortages of commonplace generic drugs have plagued hospitals in recent years. And with short supplies and fewer suppliers for key drugs, there have been price increases.
Hospital purchasing agents keep searching for new sources for the medications that patients need, while clinicians scramble to find alternatives. Continue reading article here…
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