Story 5 Generics in family medicine

Greg is a family doctor who has noticed that the drug shortage is causing a number of problems in his practice. He spends a lot of time talking to pharmacists on the telephone trying to accommodate shortages, which seem to be unpredictable and crop up in many different areas.

For example, nitrofurantoin — an antibiotic used in resistant urinary infections–is now unavailable in his city.

For another example, the reliable, old, combination medication for blood pressure, Aldactazide, has also gone missing and he has had to rewrite prescriptions for patients that recreate the combination.