16-15 Segment 1: Drug Shortages


Synopsis: For more than 10 years, hospitals have been plagued by shortages of important drugs, sometimes forcing doctors to decide who will receive them, and who will die. Experts explain why these shortages occur, the unfortunate outcomes, and what they do to try to minimize the damage.

Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Yoram Unguru, pediatric hematologist-oncologist, Children’s Hospital at Sini, Baltimore, and faculty member, Berman Institute of Bioethics, Johns Hopkins University; Bona Benjamin, Director of Medication Use Quality Improvement, American Society of Health System Pharmacists; Dr. Brian Fitzsimmons, cardiac anesthesiologist, Cleveland Clinic Foundation

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