‘A World Without:’ Antibiotics

HOSPITALS DRUG SHORTAGES
In this Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, photo, certified pharmacy technician Peggy Gillespie fills antibiotics into a syringe for use as an I.V. push at ProMedica Toledo Hospital in Toledo, Ohio. A nasty flu season is hitting U.S. hospitals already scrambling to maintain patient care amid severe shortages of crucial sterile fluids, particularly saline solution needed to administer I.V. medicines and rehydrate patients. AP Photo
HOSPITALS DRUG SHORTAGES
In this Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, photo, certified pharmacy technician Peggy Gillespie fills antibiotics into a syringe for use as an I.V. push at ProMedica Toledo Hospital in Toledo, Ohio. A nasty flu season is hitting U.S. hospitals already scrambling to maintain patient care amid severe shortages of crucial sterile fluids, particularly saline solution needed to administer I.V. medicines and rehydrate patients. AP Photo

‘A World Without:’ Antibiotics

We continue Worldview’s limited series, “A World Without”, with a discussion on the medicine we all need to live. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration stated that they want to actively combat medical drug shortages. FDA Commissioner, Scott Gottlieb said in a FDA press release that, “drug shortages have steadily declined since a peak in 2011 owing to the work of the FDA, industry and other groups.” Despite those efforts there has been a continuous shortage of medical products including antibiotics. This phenomenon has trickled overseas as well. Dr. Donald Graham, infectious disease specialist at the Springfield Clinic is the co-author of a study called, “Antimicrobial Agent Shortages: The New Norm for Infectious Diseases Physicians.” The study explores the persistent shortage of antimicrobial agents reported by physicians.