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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Medication Shortage Worrisome

Huron County | by Dianne Colgan  

Huron EMS looks to province, federal government to ongoing medication shortages.

Huron County Emergency Medical Services are hoping a solution comes quickly for drug shortages in the province and all over North America.

EMS Director Dave Lew says Huron County was not affected by an earlier recall of injectable morphine by drug-manufacturer Sandoz, but there are other issues affecting the medical industry.

Lew says Sandoz has had some issues with their production line and as the company supplies 90 percent of injectable drugs in Canada, other options need to be made available.

He says Huron EMS has a six-month supply of the medications that are facing shortages and a solution needs to be found sooner rather than later.

Lew says Sandoz is estimating they won't be back at full production for another 12 to 18 months.

Lew says they can't just start using another drug to replace the ones that are affected by the shortage because Health Canada has very strict regulations on paramedics.

He says the province has to approve the change and make sure it will cover the need properly.

Lew is anticipating a solution from the province shortly, although the federal government and other levels of governments in the United States and across the world will need to figure out their own back-up plan as well.


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