2:28pm

Wed December 21, 2011
The Commonwealth

Hospitals Fight Medication Shortages

Southcentral Kentucky hospital officials say local facilities are being affected by a nationwide prescription drug shortage, but they are striving to continue to provide good and safe care to patients. "It affects us every day. In my 30 years of being a pharmacist, this is the worst I've seen it," said Jim Morris, director of pharmacy at Greenview Regional Hospital. "There were 37 on the short supply list in 2006. There are over 220 on the short supply list this year. A lot of these are generic drugs where there are limited manufacturers remaining in the market." According to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, a variety of drugs are in short supply.