Widely used hospital drugs are in short supply

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Posted: Sep 23, 2011 3:05 AM
Widely used hospital drugs are in short supply

Drugs used frequently to treat hospital patients, many of them critically ill, increasingly are difficult or impossible to find. Shortages causing the most disruption in care include:

_Sodium phosphate injection _ electrolyte (controls heart, nerve, muscle function)

_Magnesium sulfate injection _ electrolyte (controls heart, nerve, muscle function)

_Levofloxacin injection _ antibiotic

_Foscarnet injection _ antiviral drug

_Paclitaxel injection _ chemotherapy

_Doxil injection _ chemotherapy

_Prochlorperazine injection _ for nausea

_Ondansetron injection _ for nausea

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Source: University of Utah Drug Information Service