Story 24 Anesthetics

An anesthesiologist in Atlantic Canada writes…

It is about time to inform the public how these shortages are going to affect about everybody. The shortages in IV medication, those especially used in anesthesia and critical care, have affected patients already. For example, our institution has currently no available IV PPI [intravenous proton pump inhibitors].

The CAS (Canadian Anesthesiologists Society) has sent letters to politicians and representatives to raise awareness – however, it seems not to be enough.

I think the reason is that there is no sole supplier – we believe that competition pays out better in the end. But I think there has to be better deals with the pharmaceutical companies – if the society agrees to pay for their drugs, they have to make sure they can supply enough.