Drug shortage affects UNC Hospitals

By Michael Tomsic

N.C. Cancer Hospital Clinical Manager Lindsey Poppe pulls up the hospital's supply of methotrexate.

Soon, thousands of children suffering from cancer should no longer have to worry if one of the drugs that could save their lives will be available. That’s the message from the Food and Drug Administration this week, after supplies of metho


a cancer drug, reached such low levels that some hospitals worried they might run out of it.

In Chapel Hill, the shortage is forcing the N.C. Cancer Hospital to cut down the number of days a week it gives patients the life-saving drug.

Three drug manufacturers are ramping up production of it. The FDA says that should fix the shortage, but some doctors and pharmacists say it could take weeks

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