FDA LISTS 300 DRUGS IN SHORT SUPPLY
The FDA calls it a "perfect storm" of manufacturing plant shut-downs, public demand and price-shock. Hospitals are scrambling, and Congress is working on new regulations.
But there's more to the story of the shortage: "The reason drugs go offline is for a lot of nasty things. They find glass shards in the production line, or they are controlled substances with limits set by the DEA."
Dextrose-50 is a standard drug for EMS and ambulances to stabilize diabetics that have injected too much insulin. The drug is available - but the syringes to package it in aren't.
Taxol is a common chemotherapy drug that suddenly fell into shortage late last year, when two of the drug's manufacturers "voluntarily" (?) stopped making the product. Other producers cited lack of raw materials and increased demand.
So what is really going on here? Either the FDA is seriously falling down on the job with oversight of the availability of our most needed drugs. Or manufacturers are intentionally or unintentionally manipulating supply.