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ALS Medication Shortages

While the information contained in this news article was current and accurate when we posted it, it may not necessarily represent current WVOEMS policy or procedure. If you have any questions, please contact our office at 304-558-3956.

Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 11:44 AM

178 drug shortages were reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2010.  The FDA has continued to see an increasing number of shortages, especially those involving older sterile injectable drugs in 2011.

These shortages have involved cancer drugs, anesthetics used for patients undergoing surgery, as well as drugs needed for emergency medicine, and electrolytes needed for patients on IV feeding.

WVOEMS has been requested to post this document for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists that directly relates to the current known shortages.

You can also view the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists' Current Drug Shortage List at http://www.ashp.org/DrugShortages/Current/.

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