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Hospitals still facing medication shortages

DES MOINES, Iowa —U.S. hospitals are coping better with ongoing shortages of hundreds of medications, but a new survey indicates obtaining those drugs from alternate sources is costing them hundreds of millions of dollars Premier Inc., the hospital group that did the survey, conservatively estimates that cost at $230 million a year over three years […]

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Ritalin shortage prompts call for Health Canada changes

Pharmacists say the impact of a current Canada-wide Ritalin drug shortage could have been reduced if Health Canada took a tougher stance on pharmaceutical companies. The current shortage affects 10 milligram doses of the brand name medication Ritalin, which is made by Novartis Pharmaceuticals, as well as the generic form of methylphenidate hydrochloride. Ritalin, a stimulant, is commonly prescribed to help treat […]

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FDA’s plan to ease drug shortages needs work

According to a just-released analysis by the Government Accountability Office, the Food and Drug Administration is doing a better job at preventing drug shortages. As Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Deputy Director Doug Throckmorton recently told Congress, new shortages declined in 2012 for the first time in a number of years and 2013 data […]

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