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Editorial

Anatomy of a Drug Shortage

Deborah K. Mayer
CJON 2012, 16(2), 107-108 DOI: 10.1188/12.CJON.107-108

A long time has passed since I last gave chemotherapy, but I have not been immune to the news about the drug shortages in the past few years. Therefore, I wanted to explore what was behind the headlines like "U.S. facing cancer drug shortage: Ariz. doctors rationing supplies; FDA allowing India imports" in the February 22nd Arizona Business News (Alltucker, 2012). You may have been more directly involved in the stories behind these headlines. What dilemmas have you faced related to drug shortages?

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Gatesman, M., & Smith, T. (2011). The shortage of essential chemotherapy drugs in the United States. <i>New England Journal of Medicine, 365</i>, 1653-1655.

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WhiteHouse.gov. (2011). Executive Order 13588—Reducing prescription drug shortages. Retrieved from <a target="_blank" href='http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/10/31/executive-order-re...