Generic hospital drug shortages hit Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- A pharmacy official at Chattanooga's public hospital says shortages of drugs at hospitals are going to get worse.

Dustin Smith, the chief operating pharmacist at Erlanger Health System, said a lot of chemotherapy drugs were in short supply last year. This year, many other types of drugs are hard to come by, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press ( ).

Most of the shortages are occurring in frequently used generic forms. Officials said a combination of federal regulations, ingredient supply disruption and consolidations among generic drug manufacturers all affect the availability.

At Memorial Health Care System, pharmacy director Sandy Vredeveld said patient safety is a concern as doctors are forced to make drug substitutions because the remedies they relied on are not available.

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