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A Drug Shortage Crisis

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Imagine being a youngster in the fight of your life against cancer--or the parent of such a child--and learning the medicine your doctor says would help … is not available. This happens a lot.

Holly Kamm Wahl’s teen-aged son David is being treated for leukemia. She describes how they’ve had to cope with inadequate doses of certain drugs, including an essential pain reliever. Pediatric oncologist Dr. Yoram Unguru has been raising the alarm about medication shortages for years. He says it’s getting worse. Original air date: June 24, 2019.

Read more about drug shortages here:
In Short Supply
Drug shortages jeopardize the lives of children with cancer
Pediatric oncologist urges solution to public health crisis caused by drug shortages

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
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