User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


-9° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Report conditions in your area, send photos to ushare@keloland.com

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Sanford Health Manages Drug Shortage

June 13, 2011, 6:10 PM by Kelli Grant

Sanford Health Manages Drug Shortage
SIOUX FALLS, SD - Hospital pharmacies across the country are scrambling to find hundreds of prescription drugs that are nearly impossible to find. And it is affecting hospitals in South Dakota.

Sanford Health is becoming very creative when it comes to buying and holding onto drugs their patients need.

Sanford Hospital's pharmacy inventory coordinator, Sue Nygaard, says it's a daily struggle to keep an eye on which drugs are available and which ones aren't.

“We've dealt with drug shortages always. But the last year and a half, the problem has really escalated to the point where last year there were 211 new drugs shortages reported and this year there's already over a hundred,” Nygaard said.

The drugs range from morphine to the anesthetic propofol to certain chemotherapies.

“The problem is for injectable medications, the process for manufacturing those is complicated and it takes several months from start to finish. So when there is an interruption in the process it takes a long time to recover,” Nygaard said.

The big question is why the shortage?

“Oh, there's so many reasons. It's the perfect storm,” Nygaard said.

One of those reasons is a raw materials shortage.

“80 percent of our raw materials comes from overseas and last fall, a raw materials plant burned to the ground and that was a plant that supplied raw materials to make the drug, which is a diuretic,” Nygaard said.

The shortages are almost exclusive to generic drugs.

“One of the reasons for that is sometimes a manufacturer will make a financial decision to not produce a product. And interestingly enough they do not need to report that to the FDA. There's no law against requiring them to do that,” Nygaard said. 

That leaves an opening other manufacturers must fill.

You may be asking, why not just use a brand name? Well, often times a generic drug's been around for so long, the brand name drug no longer exists.

“If you're going to serve your patients, you have to get the drugs that you need,” Nygaard said.

So Nygaard has become very good at stockpiling and purchasing more than may be needed. But Sanford's pharmacy is also sharing.

“I had a phone call a couple of weeks ago from a hospital in Sioux City asking me for a drug that was almost impossible to get. It was the patient's last treatment. I had to make the decision, do I give it to them or do I keep it for me, for us. And I sent it to them,” Nygaard said.

Luckily, she was able to get more knowing it wasn't the last time she'd have to make that kind of decision.

Nygaard says patient care has never been compromised at Sanford because of the drug shortage. But she says some drug therapies have had to change with patient and physician approval.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments





RELATED STORIES
Sponsored
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

You may also like

Semis Crash When Both Don't Fit Under Overpass

2/23/2015 12:32 PM

A semi driver had to be taken to the hospital following a crash on Interstate 90.

Full Story
Two New Members Join The KELOLAND Family

2/23/2015 4:41 PM

The KELOLAND family grew by two over the weekend.

Full Story
3 Teens In Custody After Driving Stolen Vehicle

2/24/2015 11:04 AM

Early Tuesday morning, a Sioux Falls woman reported her 2001 Land Rover Discovery was stolen. A set of keys were left in the vehicle's center cons...

Full Story
1 Dead, Others Injured In 3-Car Crash Near Pierre

2/21/2015 10:17 AM

The three vehicles collided east of the capital city on Highways 14 and 83.

Full Story
Huron Woman Dies In 3-Car Crash Near Pierre

2/21/2015 5:02 PM

A three-vehicle crash left one woman dead and five people hurt Friday.

Full Story


Events