Record Drug Shortages Strain Hospitals' Ability To Cope
If you're hospitalized, here's hoping you won't need any succinylcholine, a muscle relaxant; epinephrine in a syringe for severe allergic reactions; or emergency-use syringes of lidocaine for irregular heartbeats.
All three of those drugs are high on the list of drugs experiencing shortages.
Last year was the worst ever for drug shortages at the nation's hospitals, according to a paper just published online by the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy. There were 211 drugs that were in such short supply pharmacists had to scramble to find alternatives, a nationwide sur