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DRUG SHORTAGE: 8 anesthesia drugs most affected

There is a drug shortage in the US affecting anesthetic, anti-infective, and oncology drugs, among other drug classes.  The American Society of Anesthesiology conducted a survey to find out which anesthetic drugs are in short supply in 2012.  Just over 3000 anesthesiologists responded to the survey and almost all said that they have had to alter their drug preferences for certain procedures due to the shortage.

Top Anesthetic Drugs Reported in Short Supply (in order with the most frequently mentioned at the top)

  • Fentanyl
  • Thiopental
  • Succinylcholine
  • Propofol
  • Midazolam
  • Pancuronium
  • Neostigmine
  • Glycopyrrolate

Source:  Byrd, J.R., and Singh, L.  Breadth and depth of anesthesia drug shortages increasing: summary of ASA survey.  Newsletter [American Society of Anesthesiologists];76(6):56-75, June 2012.  Click here for more from the publisher: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/d4a68879#/d4a68879/60 Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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