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Initial post: Nov 17, 2012 9:47:12 AM PST
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/17/business/drug-shortages-are-becoming-persistent-in-us.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20121117&_r=0

DRUG SHORTAGES IN U.S. PERSIST - HARMING CARE

We went thru cancer drug shortages a year ago, forcing oncologists to literally make life and death decisions over who could benefit most from the in-short-supply cancer drugs.

But now a wide array of prescription drugs are in short supply, and no one knows what to do about it. "When you can't treat basic things - cardiac arrest, pain management, seizures - you're in trouble."

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2012 1:21:21 PM PST
OldAmazonian says:
Caused by the usual suspects: lawyers and speculators.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 6:59:38 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 19, 2012 7:00:10 AM PST
There is indeed a wide variety of manufacturing problems with drug companies. Their labs basically suffer from what restaurant kitchens suffer from - violations from improper processes. CLIA inspects these labs regularly. We have CLIA come in all the time unannounced in our own labs and they have NAZI-like methodology that keeps things up to date and within code. Drug companies hire people that simply do not conform to theses standards (a common problem when you hire new people or cheap labor), or the drug company simply doesn't invest in their own safety teams to keep this stuff in check. That's why you have things like the recent fungal meningitis outbreak tied to the steroid shots, vacine contamination, and such. Recently, it was in the news that CLIA had found insects in a New York drug lab. Stuff like that hinders the ability to keep up manufacturing because when something like that is found, they shut a large part of that operation down until CLIA comes back in and gives them the ok. The problem is also compounded by the fact that the US has strict drug import rules and furthers the noose on drug supply.

Posted on Nov 22, 2012 8:39:40 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 22, 2012 8:40:29 AM PST
Thank you, D.A. Webster. Very good points.

http://bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/2012/11/21/massachusetts-health-regulators-allow-hospitals-share-medications-ease-drug-shortages/0SAqrGcTqyUxb2GLHpdxXI/story.html

MASSACHUSETTS HEALTH OFFICIALS OK EMERGENCY PLAN TO LET HOSPITALS SHARE SCARCE MEDICATIONS
"This will address drug shortages worsened by the closure of two specialty pharmacies following a national outbreak of fungal meningitis."

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2012 2:09:25 PM PST
Honey is freely available (in season) in the back yard for beekeepers.

Pollen is available for longer periods.

Propolis is available anytime, as it is a permanent part of the bee's nest.

Bee venom is available anytime, even free in a public parkland.

Royal Jelly is not easy to come by, anytime. It is indeed precious.

Beeswax candles can be made available year-round (as also with honey) for the industrious and provident householder.

Why Suffer?

Cheers,

John$
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