Sep 26, 2013 — In some countries, it's easier to get HIV drugs than an old-fashioned form of penicillin that prevents heart damage from rheumatic fever, scientists say. The world's supply of this type of penicillin has dwindled over the past few decades, but rheumatic fever hasn't.
Feb 16, 2012 — Many hospitals around the nation are perilously close to running out of a form of the old standby cancer drug methotrexate. The reason: a principal supplier of injectable methotrexate shut down in November after it flunked an FDA inspection.
Nov 21, 2011 — For reasons that are unclear, in recent months the hard-to-get drugs include ADHD medications such as Adderall. Last week, methylphenidate, the active ingredient in Ritalin and generic equivalents, was officially declared in shortage. The scarcity is a problem faced by an untold number of children and adults with the disorder.
Nov 15, 2011 — So far this year, there have been shortages of more than 200 drugs, including treatments for cancer and high blood pressure. Cancer drugs have been hit the worst, and an analysis estimates 550,000 patients in the U.S. have been affected.
Oct 31, 2011 — The president's executive order asks companies to speed up production of key drugs when shortages occur. Companies will also be asked to report potential supply problems more often.
Oct 4, 2011 — On today's TOTN, the growing problem of drug shortages the difficult decisions doctors and patients face when their medications run out, Chris Christie decides whether or not to run for president. In the second hour, the lives of fugitives and the Essential chef Jacques Pepin.
Sep 27, 2011 — A daylong session on drug shortages convened by the Food and Drug Administration documented lots of issues and no easy remedies.