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Norepinephrine Shortage Threatens Safety of Seriously Ill Patients

Another serious national shortage affects patients with sepsis, a systemic reaction to infection that can result in shock. This life-threatening drop in blood pressure is treated with injections of norepinephrine, and that compound is now in very short supply. There are no easy substitutions for norepinephrine.

The scarcity appears to have been brought on by manufacturers stopping production. Anesthesiologists who also norepinephrine during surgery are dismayed that the FDA has not done enough to help prevent such shortages.

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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This is another example of greed driven capitalism at it worst. Shameful.

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