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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Dr. Ibrahim Thorlie, chief of medicine at Princess Christian Maternity Hospital, has grown increasingly frustrated with the shortage of drugs, power outages, and low pay for his staff. July 27, 2009. (Liz O. Baylen/Los Angeles Times/Getty)

Drug Shortages Send Doctors and Pharmacists Scrambling

Over the last decade, drug shortages have sent doctors and pharmacists scrambling to find alternative medications for a wide range of diseases, including pediatric cancer and Crohn’s disease. These shortages have produced a disturbing story about a form of healthcare rationing, according to Dr. Yoram Unguru, a pediatric oncologist at Children's Hospital at Sinai, and Scott Knoer, chief pharmacy officer for the Cleveland Clinic. Here, they discuss the complicated ethical issues that arise from these shortages, and their ideas for clinical and policy solutions to ensure that patients get the care they deserve.


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