News Summary: Hospitals cope better on short drugsFebruary 27, 2014 @ 2:28 pm
(AP) - DRUG PROBLEM: Shortages of medicines widely used in hospitals, mostly injectable generic drugs such as antibiotics, anesthetic and painkillers, began rising in 2005. New shortages are declining but others persist for years.
HOSPITAL IMPACT: Hospitals say they're handling the shortages better, and many are dealing with fewer shortages at once. They're adding backup inventory, rationing some scarce drugs and implementing safety measures for alternative medicine choices to prevent errors.
OTHER COSTS: There are still plenty of errors that may be harming patients, and the country's 5,000 hospitals are spending well over $230 million a year extra to get scarce drugs.
(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
What We Learned
Despite beating the 49ers, Danny O'Neil says there are still three questions
Find Christmas trees, Santa photos, and lights on the MyNorthwest Holiday Map
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.