Shortage Of Drugs For Kids With Leukemia Averted

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A potential shortage of medication intended for children with Leukemia has apparently been averted.

A few days ago, doctors said they could run out of Methotrexate by the end of next week. The big problem came when one of the makers of the drug shut down production last week.

However, the Food and Drug Administration has been able to get three other makers to boost production and the shutdown plant will release its emergency supply.

The shortage could’ve been fatal for the 3,500 kids diagnosed each year with leukemia.

This is the latest shortage involving cancer medications and other drugs. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is pushing a new bill to make sure these shortages stop.

“I just wish some of my colleagues would meet some of these little kids with no hair, who’ve been through treatment and are surviving but then find out in the middle that there may not be a drug available for them the next day,” said Klobuchar. “This is not the time where we start talking about the procedural rules of the Senate. There’s got to be a way to get it done.”

Klobuchar’s legislation would beef up the FDA’s power to prevent shortages. It would in part require drug companies to alert the government when supplies are low.

  • you make me sick!

    The only reason the drugs are low is because the pharmaceutical companies do not make a big enough profit off of them.
    Just anothe example of Corporate GREED…..wonder how it feels to know you are killing innocent people just because you want MORE MONEY!

    • ddd

      The FDA’s oversight of pharmaceutical labs and plants has been shabby.

  • Missy

    I couldn’t agree more that this is all about greed. It is unfathomable to me how much greed has influenced our society. I honestly believed that our American people were better than this. It’s a sad, sad day when money is more important than saving our children’s lives!!!!!

  • cloudynik

    One of the most corrupt industries in America is the drug industry. These “shortages” are totally about greed & filling the coffers of the rich owners of the companies. It’s time the American people stand up with one voice & tell every Congressman & the President that we will not take this any more!

  • ddd

    What cco didnt put in is that the med is presertive free and once made the med has a very short life span. There is alot of redtape involved one problem is goverment. A company is suppose to make money if not why be in business!

  • rick

    I agree with the greed and the drug companies.

    My daughter is a survivor of Leukemia and took Methotrexate weekly for 2 1/2 years. What I find disturbing is the comment by the senator “these little kids with no hair”. Yes these kids do loose their hair, but during most of their treatment their hair grows back. Does she so obtuse to realize she is stereotyping and offending to “these little kids with no hair” and their families?

  • Juls

    It is about greed. I read one article where there were several drugs that were running out and pharmacies are forced to throw them out because they are at their expiration date and some pharmacists said they would not throw them out if they knew they were still good considering there wasn’t alot left and there are people that need these drugs. Didn’t we all see the good question on do medications expire? I thought I heard them say they put the expiration date on them because that is as far as they tested to how good they were. I don’t know about any of you but if they said that a drug was still good 6mths past the expiration then why not use it instead of throwing it in the landfill or wherever they put it.

  • D.D.

    The companies do not survive without profit. The stock owners also expect a profit from their investments. I would guess that many of you who cry foul about profit have pharmaceutical companies in your investment portfolios (you depend on the stock going up). It is also true that drug testing determines the expiration date. It costs more money and time to test further. It is not free. The FDA does extend the expiration dates of certain national stockpile drugs(i.e. drugs for weapons of mass destruction), but it is not free. Trust me, my friends, we do not want the government getting even more involved. Unless you would like to live in a society in which rationing is the norm for everything, you should encourage non-governmental solutions.

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