Thursday, March 28, 2013

Drug plan targets a need, not greed

Imagine a newborn baby in an intensive care unit who needs a specific, customized drug. Imagine further that there is another baby in the unit who needs the same drug. Now imagine there is only enough of the drug on hand for one of them, and you have to decide who receives it.
This and similar situations are playing out in hospitals, ambulances and specialized clinics throughout the nation — the result of a serious and widespread drug shortage that’s growing more critical every day.
Legislation amending existing state law being considered by the General Assembly would allow Tennessee pharmacists to help alleviate this problem. It does not compromise patient safety and will help compounding pharmacies safely make specialized medicine for vulnerable patients whose lives depend on its availability.
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