Hospital group fights drug shortages by making needed meds
January 26, 2020
U.S. hospitals fed up with shortages of critical medicines — mostly generic drugs that aren't profitable — have banded together.
Seven hospital systems and three philanthropies formed nonprofit CivicaRx in 2018 to produce what they need. The group now includes 1,200 hospitals nationwide — about 1 in 4 — and already is shipping medicines.
Shortages of antibiotics, pain, cancer and other injected medications disrupt care and cost hospitals about $590 million annually. That's for expenses including long hours that pharmacy staff spend trying to find the scarce drugs and buying costli...