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Lidocaine shortage seems to be hitting family medicine hardest
San Diego Union-Tribune

Dr. John Berger, a Hillcrest family medicine practitioner, wanted to inject cortisone into his patient’s knee this week, but ended up aborting the procedure when his office staff informed him that his supply of lidocaine had run out.

Without the local anesthetic, there was just one option.

“I couldn’t do it, because it would have been way too painful,” Berger said. “I had to send her on her way.”

Eventually, he said, he was able to locate the doses he needed, but only at five times the usual price.