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Ask anybody who's -- the pharmacy they may have already had tough time getting drugs they want because there seems to be a major shortage.
Of every day prescription totally and reported under reported story everything from blood -- is to cancer medication.
And what is causing it what is the solution here to explain doctor Marc Siegel from the -- medical eighteen doctor -- or what -- the start becoming an issue.
Well this has been an issue since 2005.
But it is now five times more of a problem Brian and it was back then we're talking.
Drugs that are short we're talking blood -- -- heart medication to become a with a heart attack.
Cancer drugs steroids antibiotics all of the emergency medications that I need to use on a daily basis some people are gonna be looking at this -- -- gonna be on we knew there is going to be rationing.
With obamacare is this a result of but it legislation that was passed by congress Steve it's not a result of but I'm definitely concerned that -- the -- that's gonna make it worse because the more regulations you have.
And the more insurance companies don't want to cover expensive drugs.
The more pressure there is on the drug companies not to produce them and if they don't make a profit they're not gonna wanna make -- -- more and more these drugs are going generic.
And you have to have so much sterilization.
On top of it to make sure that you can actually put him into someone's very.
They're finding glass particles they're finding fungal -- so.
It cost a lot of money for the drug -- -- and make sure these drugs are safe understandable but where's the profit and I saw a lot of them went overseas for the war effort so -- Iraq and Afghanistan right off the top understandably the antibiotics in the steroids went right to the war through -- Over this a little bit but -- Cisco over some of the the drugs are really concerned you -- been depleted fighting for cancer.
Cancer drugs infections for treating cardiovascular disease that's going to be one of them.
For managing psychiatric conditions.
Pain medications in anesthesia to relatives to run incentives so what you're -- it is.
That the drugs are out there they're just not getting here correct.
They're out there except that there's also production problems the drug companies are not making them the way they were before because you're gonna.
These are running out -- -- -- -- -- and because the drug companies.
They look at the bottom line -- we're not gonna make that much money on that drugs or not gonna make it -- Steve as you mentioned it looked towards the future and they say wait a -- you know we see Avastin is being cut we see all kinds of drugs that are not gonna be covered.
We see more more regulation now.
What is the solution to that is that's -- that's the biggest question and the solution is the FDA is saying.
We're gonna march in and we're gonna we wanna know in advance so we can get emergency supplies from overseas we can.
That's the drug companies to make more but that's like.
A finger in the -- when the holes are coming everywhere but can't solve the problem that we don't need more drugs coming from overseas -- overarching thing is Biotech companies -- -- all -- -- money to come up the next cancer -- makes them a lot of money and saves a lot of people.
No longer and have that incentive to do so.
-- that is a great point and they are definitely looking down the pike and they're -- that they're saying wait a minute.
If I'm not gonna make a profit why should I put a billion dollars into developing the stroke but on the front and riots and they're not gonna risk -- All on the front lines in the trenches I'm worried because -- patient comes in with an asthma attack I don't have the story to give -- someone comes in with a life threatening infection out of the antibiotic -- -- -- -- -- patients calling me every -- -- saying.
I'm one of those super responders with the chemo works but I can't get the chemo anymore are going through our.
They already are the American Hospital Association says that 82% of hospitals believe that these delays.
Our life threatening 82% doctor -- thank you very much for coming and now you back your other job.
And seeing patients trying to work with the shortages and -- all right our thanks cars right straight ahead.
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