Drug Shortage: Parents Look for Alternative Medication

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Manufacturing deficiencies leading to production slowdowns. Experts say that’s why hospitals and pharmacies all across the nation and here in St. Louis are seeing a growing shortage of some much needed drugs.

The shortages are mostly in oncology drugs, but antibiotics, immuno suppressant drugs and ADHD medications are in short supply too.

“There are people going to four, five, six pharmacies each month trying to look and get a supply of those drugs,” said the director of the Barnes Jewish Hospital Pharmacy, Jim Gray.

And its not just the average consumers forced to hunt down drugs. Gray said, “we have a couple extra people (at the hospital) working daily just to track down drugs that are in short supply.”

Gray says that short supply list is 450 items and growing.

Gray calls this a national problem, “and its only going to get worst because so much of it is off shore so there is really not a whole lot the FDA is really going to ever be able to do.”


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