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...