Drug Shortage


New Supply of Cancer Drugs … from Abroad

(Zaldylmg: Flickr)

(Zaldylmg: Flickr)

Stories of critical drug shortages–including cancer drugs–have been making news for months. Now the Food and Drug Administration is announcing that replacement supplies of two of those drugs, Doxil and methotrexate, should be available within weeks.

Both drugs are used to treat cancer. Methotrexate is used for many conditions, but of particular concern is its use for a type of childhood leukemia. If a child does not get the drug, the cancer can easily recur.

As the New York Times reports, some experts say the new supplies are only a temporary solution: Continue reading