Medicine shortages in state hospitals reach sickening levels

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Medicine shortages in state hospitals reach sickening levels

FREE TO READ | Some of the medicines in short supply do not have alternatives, and others have run out entirely

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If your hospital does not have the drug glyceryl trinitrate used to treat heart failure, chest pain caused by reduced blood flow or fluid on lungs – and the patient doesn’t respond to alternatives – consult a specialist urgently.

This is the latest advice in a national department of health circular sent to state doctors last week, explaining which alternative drugs to use, as there is a range of medicines out of supply – or in short supply – at the moment.

The health department has been circulating letters to tell staff how to deal with drug stockouts and substitute out-of-stock antidepressants with similar drugs...

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