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According to an article in The Philadelphia Inquirer I saw last December, our industry is experiencing a sustained, absolute dearth of common I.V. medications. Industry consolidation, random and unpredictable manufacturing problems and simple economics have narrowed the pipeline that delivers drugs.
VIN News Service reported recently that a “chemotherapy drug used as a first-tier treatment for lymphoma is in short supply, leaving veterinarians as well as human oncologists scrambling to get their hands on it.” Another report stated that Doxorubicin hydrochloride solution (Adriamycin) is experiencing the “worst shortage in 30 years.”
Information from the Institute for Safe Medical Practices states that patients have died for want of the preferred drug and even the death penalty is temporarily on hold!
There are some things that can be done to relieve the frustration of drug shortages. For example, the FDA can expedite the review of submissions from manufacturers (new product, change in production technique, etc.). Additionally, alternate manufacturers and new sources of raw material can be identified. In some instances, the temporary import of non-U.S. products can be implemented to fill the void.
Once a suitable replacement is found and legitimate sources of distribution are identified, physicians and nurses must be
re-educated on the new protocols.
I've put together a presentation on what is currently going on in the pharmaceutical industry and how it impacts veterinary practitioners like us. Download the eBook from the Resources for Veterinarians section of WedgewoodPetRx. Additionally, you can watch the on-demand presentation on PetsVetSpace.com for CE credit. I'll be guest blogging here for a few weeks to share with you this important information.
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