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Medication shortages for covid patients likely Options
Oscar D. Grouch
Posted: Saturday, April 4, 2020 9:33:02 AM

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It's not just ventilators and N95 masks, hospitals are likely to run out of necessary medications.

U.S. May Get More Ventilators But Run Out Of Medicine For COVID-19 Patients

https://www.npr.org/2020/04/04/826961777/u-s-may-get-more-ventilators-but-run-out-of-medicine-for-covid-19-patients

As hospitals around the country fill with COVID-19 patients, medical personnel are sounding the alarm about shortages of drugs essential to those patients' care.

"We have seen an increase in demand on pharmaceuticals that's unprecedented," says Daniel Kistner, who manages the pharmacy program for Vizient, a group purchasing organization that negotiates lower prices with drug manufacturers. "Never seen anything like this before across the whole country."

This week, Vizient released data showing dramatic spikes in demand for sedatives, pain medications, paralytics, and other drugs that are crucial for patients who are on ventilators. According to Vizient's study, the rate at which those orders are filled is lagging far behind the demand.

"We're not at a rate yet where there's just no drug," Kistner says, "but we are quickly approaching it."
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