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.


54° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

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


 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

You may also like

Jesus Take The Wheel

9/25/2014 10:00 PM

Miracle on the highway: that's how many people are describing a bad crash between a semi-truck and car in which no one was killed.

Full Story | Watch
Autistic Student Gets Royal Treatment

9/26/2014 4:55 PM

Friday night's homecoming at Brandon Valley High School is a crowning achievement for a senior who's living with autism.

Full Story | Watch
Iowa Teen Dies Two Days After Fight At School

9/28/2014 11:42 AM

Prosecutors may file additional charges because a western Iowa teen died two days after suffering a head injury during a fight at school.

Full Story
Brandon Woman Seriously Hurt In I-229 Crash

9/30/2014 5:00 PM

Two people are hurt, one seriously, after a chain-reaction crash in eastern Sioux Falls involving a semi-truck and four other vehicles.

Full Story | Watch
Police: Missing Boy Shows Up At School

9/26/2014 6:39 AM

Sioux Falls police say a missing boy showed up for school Friday morning.  

Full Story


Events