Cancer Drug Shortage Alarm
This is where the cancer battle often begins, chemo therapy. A cocktail of drugs to fight the disease. 10 year cancer survivor Tony Morton recalls his chemo cycle. But across the country and in Charlotte there is a cancer drug shortage.
Dr. Derek Raghavan is the president of the Levine Cancer Institute for Carolinas Healthcare System. He knows doctors across the country are facing the toughest of choices given the shortage of drugs. Doctors are having to choose who gets the medicine and when.
Proactive doctors and pharmacists and being part of a huge healthcare system is how the drug shortage has been minimized so far. CHS has 33 hospitals and 600 care locations. As pharmacy administrator, Bob Carta can move drugs around as needed but not indefinitely.
Raghavan also points out that the drug shortage seems to be the generic staples of the cancer fight, not the newer and expensive drugs.
Morton fought colorectal cancer ten years ago with drugs that were readily available. It is in short supply today.
The president and congress are working to prevent this kind of shortage in the future. But for those fighting the cancer battle right now, the wait continues.