National Drug Shortage

Many patients I’ve encountered on the wards (especially those receiving chemotherapy) have been directly affected by our country’s drug shortage. It’s incredibly disheartening to know they’re receiving suboptimal therapy as many times their prognoses are dismal to begin with. 🙁

Is this shortage secondary to a lack of raw materials? Or perhaps pharmaceutical companies have little incentive to manufacture drugs with minuscule profit margins? Maybe politics is playing into it? Whatever the reason(s), our patients are ultimately paying the price. 😐

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