Recnac

Drug Shortage Crisis for Cancer Patients

Paclitaxel, which is a generic version of intravenous drug Taxol, has now joined the shortage list compiled by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists. This drug joins the list of 196 drugs. It is unclear how many cancer patients this puts at risk. There are plans to have an update on this drug June 16.

Patients who are battling breast, ovarian and colorectal cancers are experiencing shortages of other drugs such as fluorouracil, leucovorin, and liposonal doxorubicin.

Members of Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association or HOPA have done several national surveys identifying the impact of drug shortages and the out come on patient care in the United States. HOPA president, Lisa M. Holie,  who was a member of the research committee who did the most recent survey, says this particular survey emphasizes the impact these shortages have had on onocology-type drugs.

These HOPA members who were responsible with managing the cancer drugs for community hospitals, cancer treatment centers and academic medical centers were the ones asked to complete this survey.

Nearly all of the 243 responders to the survey had had some sort of drug shortage during the range of the survey. This shortage meant delays in chemotherapy and other treatments. Because of the unfamiliarity of new treatments that had to be introduced it meant undesirable events and medication errors.

Young Hodgkin's lymphoma patients at St. Jude Hospital are in risk of relapse due to a shortage of the drug mechlorethamine. This meant that many would have to have additional intensive therapy that could lead to infertility and health problems later in life. In the case of Leukemia without the drugs daunarubicin and cytarabine it cannot be treated.

In Conclusion-

This shortage of oncology drugs can lead to some devastating results. This is because there is little or no similarities in the other drugs and treatments available. Learn more about the shortage and utilize the help line here.

 

More about cancerdrugshortage
celticeagle

About celticeagle

Have written online for more than eight years now on many subjects. Also write under the username of Eve Sherrill York.

celticeagle

Top Posts | Oncology

Liver Cancer: A Comprehensive Overview & Treatment Options

The liver is a crucial organ in the human body that has multiple roles. Although it is considered to be part of the digestive system, it has other important functions as well. This includes but is not limited to: “detoxification of metabolites, protein synthesis, and production of digest ... ...

Osteosarcoma - Never Disregard a Chronic Sprain in a Child

Osteosarcoma originates from bone-forming cells which are mesenchymal in origin. Osteosarcoma is a very common bone tumor and it is highly malignant. It is common among children and younger adults. The exact etiology causing osteosarcoma is idiopathic. One predisposing factor is rapid bone growth, ...

Drug Shortage Crisis for Cancer Patients

Paclitaxel, which is a generic version of intravenous drug Taxol, has now joined the shortage list compiled by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists. This drug joins the list of 196 drugs. It is unclear how many cancer patients this puts at risk. There are plans to have an update on thi ...

Occult Killer – Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC)

In adults, renal cell carcinoma (RCC) accounts for approximately 90 to 95% of neoplasms arising from the kidney. Hence, it can be considered the most common type of kidney cancer. Renal cell carcinoma stems from the lining of the proximal convoluted tubule, which are very small tubes in the kidney ...

Men Can Develop Breast Cancer, Too

Breast cancer is usually considered a condition that only women can develop, but men can also be affected. According to statistics, about 2,350 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States in 2015.This type of cancer is a rare cancer that can occur at any age, but it is most common ...

How to Recognize the Symptoms of Brain Tumors

Brain cancer is a tumor on the brain or on nearby tissue such as the membranes, pituitary gland, pineal glad or cranial nerves.  Like many cancers, brain tumors develop when healthy cells mutate in their DNA.  These mutations accelerate the growth of cells and increase their division rate ... ...

2 Important Ways to Fight Cancer

One in eight deaths in the U.S. is due to cancer. It is estimated that 77% of all cancers that are diagnosed in U.S. are in people 55 years of age or older. Breast cancer seems to be the highest diagnosed type of cancer in women and lung cancer is the highest in men. More than 15,000 people di ... ...

Thyroid Cancer And Treatment

The thyroid is a wing-shaped gland at the base of the throat with a right and left lobe with a small piece of tissue called an isthmus connecting the two. The gland is usually the size of a quarter, and if it is healthy, it will not be detectable from touching one's throat. The thyroi ... ...