U.S. drug shortage may have a body count

A shortage of medicinal drugs in the United States may have caused 15 deaths, according to Time. Shortages of drugs for ailments such as heart problems, cancer, diabetes, tuberculosis, Lyme disease and arthritis go back at least 10 years, and the number of drugs the Food and Drug Administration lists as unavailable or in short supply has nearly tripled since 2007. In 2011, substitute drugs were used in place of scarce first-line treatment, which may have led to 15 deaths, according to an Associated Press report last February. "I think we're at a point that some hospitals and doctors may not have what they need to treat a patient," Erin Fox, a professor in pharmacotherapy at the University of Utah, told Time. Article

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