Widely used hospital drugs are in short supply

September 23, 2011 - 2:10 AM

Drugs used frequently to treat hospital patients, many of them critically ill, increasingly are difficult or impossible to find. Shortages causing the most disruption in care include:

—Sodium phosphate injection — electrolyte (controls heart, nerve, muscle function)

—Magnesium sulfate injection — electrolyte (controls heart, nerve, muscle function)

—Levofloxacin injection — antibiotic

—Foscarnet injection — antiviral drug

—Paclitaxel injection — chemotherapy

—Doxil injection — chemotherapy

—Prochlorperazine injection — for nausea

—Ondansetron injection — for nausea

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Source: University of Utah Drug Information Service