Ketamine shortage is a ‘grave concern’, say medics


Ketamine shortage is a ‘grave concern’, say medics

The shortage of the triple-whammy wonder drug has left doctors frustrated


Medics have raised the alarm over a shortage of ketamine, a key pain-management drug in state hospitals.

Dr Shelley Wall, from Edendale Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal, and Dr Varsha Bangalee, a pharmacist and lecturer at the University of KZN, expressed concern over the shortages in a clinical alert published in the December issue of SA Medical Journal.

The pair argues the shortage of this drug, well-known for its tranquillising and pain-relieving effects, has not only left doctors frustrated, but has the potential to diminish the quality of care given to patients...

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