Drug shortages impact availability of NICU care

06/26/2013 | MichiganRadio.org

Widespread drug shortages are affecting care in the NICU, according to Michigan hospitals and experts who track the issue. "It's very disheartening when the medicine you're looking at is known to have a significant impact on the well-being of a baby, and you can't give it to them," said Dr. Bob Schumacher, NICU medical director at the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. The reasons for shortages include a lack of spare capacity for the production of generic drugs, quality issues that can temporarily halt manufacturing and the small number of companies that make the treatments, said Erin Fox, who tracks shortages for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

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