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U.S. hospital drug shortages endangering patients while running up expenses

September 23, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The shortages, mainly involving widely-used generic injected drugs that ordinarily are cheap, have been delaying surgeries and cancer treatments, leaving patients in unnecessary pain and forcing hospitals to give less effective treatments. That’s resulted in complications and longer hospital stays. Continue Reading

Hospitals hunt substitutes as drug shortages rise

May 30, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

A growing shortage of medications for a host of illnesses from cancer to cystic fibrosis to cardiac arrest has hospitals scrambling for substitutes to avoid patient harm, and sometimes even delaying treatment. Continue Reading

Minn. hospitals team up against drug theft

May 29, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

While drug thefts have long been an issue in hospitals and nursing homes, top health officials are taking new steps to address the problem. The Minnesota Hospital Association and state Health Department are organizing a coalition of hospitals and licensing boards to identify and close loopholes in drug-handling protocols that make it easier to steal. Continue Reading

Minn. hospitals team up against drug theft

May 29, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

While drug thefts have long been an issue in hospitals and nursing homes, top health officials are taking new steps to address the problem. The Minnesota Hospital Association and state Health Department are organizing a coalition of hospitals and licensing boards to identify and close loopholes in drug-handling protocols that make it easier to steal. Continue Reading