Shortages of “supportive care” drugs, for chemotherapy-induced nausea or to protect the kidneys, can delay cancer treatments, said Yoram Unguru, a pediatric oncologist & bioethicist at Sinai and the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. When he gets the hospital’s list of shortages, “I scream, I shout, I shake my head”

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Our Yoram Unguru writes, “Having cancer is hard enough without unnecessary and preventable impediments such as drug shortages, which represent a particularly vexing challenge. In the United States, shortages of drugs for cancer and other diseases over the past decade have become the new normal and the problem is getting worse.”

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A look at why some families dealing with serious illnesses are having to put treatment on hold over prescription drug shortages – with comments from our Yoram Unguru

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In JAMA Pediatrics, our Yoram Unguru highlights growing number of drug shortages as a public health crisis limiting physicians’ abilities to cure patients. He proposes establishing critical medicines list as one solution

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Bob Field was set to kick off his second course of BCG — a potent immunotherapy that treats his fast-growing bladder cancer. Instead, the New York City banking executive got a call from his urologist’s office, canceling that week’s appointment

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Stakeholders stress need for greater transparency, improved payment. Drug shortages cause higher rates of medication errors, delayed treatment of life-saving medications and inferior outcomes, and even death, said our Yoram Unguru, MD

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Watch live online now – FDA Drug Shortages Task Force Public Meeting on Identifying the Root Causes of Drug Shortages and Finding Enduring Solutions – presenters include our Yoram Unguru

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As a pediatric hematologist-oncologist, our Yoram Unguru, MD, has had his share of heart-wrenching conversations. “But one of the hardest is sitting down with a patient and family and telling them there’s a drug that’s part of the curative regimen, but it’s not available because there’s a shortage”

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