A lab technician prepares a prescription at a pharmacy in Quebec City on March 8, 2020.
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This is a pivotal time for policymakers to be vigilant about drug shortages and to ensure that Canadians have reliable access to safe drugs.
Supply and demand are often out of sync in the drug industry.
Shortages and high prices are making pharmaceuticals, often including generics, out of reach for millions of Americans.
Research shows that the number of drug shortages in Canada are increasing, even though patients may not be aware of it.
The Canadian government must undertake regular analysis of the drug shortage problem, if we are ever to develop sustainable solutions.
As of June 2018, the U.S. is short on 182 drugs and medical supplies, including IV bags.
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The US is currently short on 182 drugs and medical supplies. The problem isn't new, but it's frustrating health care workers.
A pharmacy employee in New York looks for medication as she works to fill a prescription.
Although the medical profession must make hard choices about how to allocate care, these decisions need not and should not be shrouded in mystery.
How can doctors manage drug shortages ethically?
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