There is another crisis going on in the US. This is the shortage of drugs particulalry those used for chemotherapy, antibiotics for infections, steroids and other drugs for critically ill patients. Kaya nga ang advice ngayon, huwag kayong magkakasakit. Ayyy. Ito totoo, bago pumunta sa ospital para magpaconfine, tanungin muna kug may available na drugs. Baka magstay sa ospital at maghintay na magkaroon ng drugs o kaya, napakalaking babayaran sa gamot.
Here is the news:
The Food and Drug Administration says hospitals are running out of many important drugs, including popular chemotherapy medications such as Doxil.
That, officials say, has created a huge gray market in which some medications are marked up more than 600 percent.
Tatlo ang binigay na dahilan ng shortage:Totoong dahilan diyan ay ang huli. Oras naging generic ang drugs, ibig sabihin ang patents nito ay nagexpire na, wala nang kumpaniyang gustong magmanufacture kasi maliit ang tubo. Pwede na sanang imanufacture ng iba yan pero pinagbabawalan ng malalaking pharmaceutical companies. Kumpeteinsiya ng bagong drugs nila na hindi generic kaya minsan available ito sa ibang bansa.
One of them is low capacity with the manufacturing process. A lot of these companies, a lot of these drugs are made in companies or factories that just don't have the capacity to make more. A large percentage of these problems come when the inspectors, either the companies or the governments inspecting the production process, find contamination in these medications. They are more complicated to make. A lot of them come from ingredients we have to import from other countries, and contamination is a problem. And some of them are generic, (and have a) very low profit margin, and there is no financial incentive for some of these companies to keep manufacturing these drugs, because now they are so inexpensive."
Sa mg Law and Order o mga legal oriented series, laging nabibira ang pharmaceutical companies in terms of lawsuits, wrongful deaths and drug production which cause more illnesses than relief. Most of the time they settle. Mas mura sa recall at sa pagbayad ng malaki sa mga nagdemanda.