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American Emergency Rooms Are Facing Critical Drug Shortages
Pacific Standard

Over the past 14 years, American emergency rooms have faced more than 600 drug shortages, according to an analysis published last week in Academic Emergency Medicine. Among those shortages were lacks of life-saving, one-of-a-kind drugs such as naloxone, the only medicine capable of reversing a heroin overdose.

The analysis is just the latest report to find that America has faced an increasing number of drug shortages since around 2008. And it’s not just emergency rooms, though emergency medicine might be especially affected because production of injectable drugs is the most likely to come up short. The ER, of course, uses lots of those. Think: local anesthetics, shots for allergy or asthma attacks, nitroglycerin shots for heart attacks, and, of course, naloxone.

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