Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Health Care - #3779- VIDEO: Why Are We Running Out of the Drugs that Put Us Under and Prevent Pain? - The Blaze

Why are we Running out of the Drugs that Put us Under and Prevent Pain? - The Blaze - Although cancer drug shortages have gotten a lot of attention lately, an even larger reaching group of drugs is experiencing a shortage that could affect everything from your dentist doing a filling to more major surgical operations, such as cesarian sections.  Reports of anesthetic shortages — the drugs that put you out and/or control pain — have medical institutions nationwide rationing their stocks and finding other drugs to manage the shortage. Still, these methods can come with side effects for patients and can even be uncomfortable for doctors to use due to their unfamiliarity.  President elect of the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists Dr. Michael Simon said that the medications doctors and nurses are used to using everyday and were trained with “are falling into shortages that we don’t see them for weeks or months at a time.”  Shortages have included common drugs like propofol, fentenyl and lidicane.  Read more........

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