Episode 1: We have a problem

September 12, 2019

Listen Now: The Etherist Podcast – Episode 1: We Have A Problem. Featuring, among others, our Yoram Unguru discussing drug shortages in pediatric oncology

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“We see kids who come back to the clinic after they’ve been at camp and that’s all they are talking about. They can’t wait to get back. It gives them a little oomph to deal with the difficult ordeal they’re dealing with,” said our Dr. Yoram Unguru, medical director of Horizon Day Camp

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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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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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