AP IMPACT: Hospitals face drug price-gouging

drug price-gouging

A severe drug shortage is endangering patients and forcing hospitals to buy life-saving medication from secondary supplier at huge markups since they can't get them any other way.

An Associated Press review of industry reports and interviews with almost two dozen experts found at least 15 deaths in the past 15 months blamed on the shortages, either since the right drug wasn't available or because of dosing errors or other troubles in administering or preparing alternative medications.

The shortages, mainly involving widely-used generic inject drugs that ordinarily are cheap, have been delaying surgeries and cancer treatments, leaving patients in redundant pain and forcing hospitals to give less efficient treatments that's resulted in complications and longer hospital stays.

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