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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Hurricanes Maria and Irma devastated Puerto Rico, a major area for drug-manufacturing plants, causing shortages of many drugs, including cancer and HIV drugs. The storms have also exacerbated the shortage of saline bags that started in 2014. With comments from our Yoram Unguru

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Our Silvana Barone and Yoram Unguru write, “Euthanasia could be viewed as iatrogenic insofar as it results in an outcome (death) that some might consider inherently negative. However, this perspective fails to acknowledge that death, the outcome of euthanasia, is not an inadvertent or preventable complication but rather the goal of the medical intervention…”

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With comments from our Yoram Unguru. Requiring teens to get permission from their parents to participate in studies about behavioral health may make it harder to understand adolescent psychology – especially when drugs and alcohol are involved – a U.S. study suggests

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Yoram Unguru, MD, MS, MA at the Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai in Baltimore, Maryland, and Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics sees firsthand how drug shortages can increase medication errors, delay lifesaving treatments, and lead to patient deaths

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Drug shortages don’t sound like the kind of thing that could happen in the United States. Yet shortages of drugs ranging from cancer treatment to painkillers have become commonplace. Guest include our Yoram Unguru

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Drug Shortages

April 11, 2016

For more than 10 years, hospitals have been plagued by shortages of important drugs, sometimes forcing doctors to decide who will receive them, and who will die. Experts, including our Yoram Unguru, explain why these shortages occur, the unfortunate outcomes, and what they do to try to minimize the damage

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