Drug Shortage Updates from ASHP

Some recent updates from the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists of interest to people with colon and rectal cancer: Fluorouracil (5-FU) as of 8/31/11: On back order from Teva, APP Pharmaceuticals, and Mylan Institutional.  Manufacturing delays at Teva appear to have caused increased demand from other companies. Leucovorin as of 8/31/11:   Bedford has some powderized…  Read More

Growing Drug Shortages Cost Money, Put Patients at Risk

Shortages of prescription drugs cost the United States more than $200 million. In addition, shortages force doctors to delay or cancel treatment.  Patient safety is compromised when doctors have to use different or unfamiliar drugs when they can’t get the right ones. In the six months from July to December of 2010, 240 drugs were either…  Read More

Colorectal Cancer News in Brief: October 9

Briefly: In research this week, human embryonic stem cells produced an immune response in mice with colon cancer, and discussing strong pain medicines with cancer patients reduces their pain by about 20 percent. The Food and Drug Administration has found many dietary supplements contaminated with prescription drugs not listed on the label, some at several times…  Read More