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How learning about the FDA drug shortage could help your child’s care

Having a sick child is hard enough, but a current drug shortage is threatening to complicate matters even more for many families with chronically ill children.

“There is a supply problem with many drugs in this country right now, and it’s getting worse,” says Kathleen Gura, PharmD, BCNSP of Children’s Hospital Boston’s Department of Pharmacy. “Last year we had about 200 drugs in short supply, we’re already up to 211 this year, and that number may grow.”

Drug shortages are nothing new; in the past few decades several medications have dipped to very low supply levels, complicating care for many patients. But the problem with the current shortage is the fact that many different medications are becoming scarce at the same time, creating several shortages simultaneously.

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