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Nitroglycerin And Other Drugs In Short Supply

Nitroglycerin is a common drug in emergency rooms, for use when a patient is suffering from a heart attack.

Two American manufacturers recently stopped making the drug, and Baxter — the one company that still does — has been rationing supplies. The FDA has had to scramble to find a nitroglycerin supplier from abroad.

The scarcity of  nitroglycerin is part of a larger problem of drug shortages that Erin Fox, the director of the University of Utah’s Drug Information Services, has reached a “crisis level.”

Fox, the director of the University of Utah’s Drug Information Services, joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to discuss drug shortages in the country.

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  • Erin Fox, director of the University of Utah’s Drug Information Service.

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