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Drug shortages -- A global issue

In this part of the world we are very fortunate. Rarely do we hear or experience shortages of any good or service we want or need. That’s why media reports of shortages of certain drugs, some of which are used by cancer patients, are so concerning.

“The sporadic shortage of certain drugs is not a new issue,” said Larry Broadfield, Manager of CCNS’s Systemic Therapy Program. “And, it is not unique to Nova Scotia. It is a global issue that pharmacists have been monitoring closely and effectively managing for some time.”

Good communication practices are also in place so physicians are aware of any shortages and can prescribe an equivalent alternative to ensure that patients continue to receive optimal care. 

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