Medicine shortages squeeze EMTs
Suburban EMS paramedic Steven Keyes holds a vial of Ondansetron, also known by the brand name Zofran, an injectable medication which immediately prevents nausea and vomiting at their Stroudsburg station on Friday, May 11, 2012.
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Since: Sep 09
#1 May 23, 2012
There are a lot of medications that the pharmaceutical companies have stopped making because the profits are not high enough, note I said high enough not not profitable, methotrexate is an example. In many cases others cannot make them due to patents. The law needs to be tweaked that once they stop making them and there is still a need they loose the patent so that other pharma companies who will manufacture at a lower profit margin can produce them.
This is also an unintended consequence of managed health care that is only going to get worse.
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