Prescription Drugs http://wunc.org en Hospitals Weather Flu Season Despite An IV Drug Shortage http://wunc.org/post/hospitals-weather-flu-season-despite-iv-drug-shortage <p></p><p>Medical facilities are facing a national shortage of intravenous drugs, especially saline IV drips. Saline is used to treat dehydrated patients.</p><p></p><p>Manufacturers are stepping up production to meet need, but the shortage has presented problems to hospitals since December, when flu season began.</p><p></p><p>Zack Moore is an infectious disease epidemiologist with he North Carolina Division of Public Health. He said this is an especially bad time of year to have a limited saline supply for two reasons.</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:31:31 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 31667 at http://wunc.org Hospitals Weather Flu Season Despite An IV Drug Shortage $1,000 Pill For Hepatitis C Spurs Debate Over Drug Prices http://wunc.org/post/1000-pill-hepatitis-c-spurs-debate-over-drug-prices Federal regulators this month opened a new era in the treatment of a deadly liver virus that infects three to five times more people than HIV. Now the question is: Who will get access to the new drug for hepatitis C, and when?<p>The drug <a href="http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/byaudience/forpatientadvocates/ucm377920.htm">Sovaldi</a> will cost $1,000 per pill. A typical course of treatment will last 12 weeks and run $84,000, plus the cost of necessary companion drugs. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 08:22:00 +0000 Richard Knox 28151 at http://wunc.org Operation Medicine Drop Nets Millions Of Unused Pills http://wunc.org/post/operation-medicine-drop-nets-millions-unused-pills <p></p><p></p> Sun, 03 Nov 2013 22:19:17 +0000 Gurnal Scott 25138 at http://wunc.org Operation Medicine Drop Nets Millions Of Unused Pills Wilkes Co. Program To Curb Drug Overdose Deaths Goes Statewide http://wunc.org/post/wilkes-co-program-curb-drug-overdose-deaths-goes-statewide <p>In 2009, Wilkes County in the northwestern part of the state had the 4<sup>th</sup> highest rate of prescription drug overdose deaths in the country. Two years later, those numbers dropped by 68 percent. That's because of a program called <a href="https://www.communitycarenc.org/population-management/chronic-pain-project/">Project Lazarus</a>, which is now going to be implemented statewide. Wed, 01 May 2013 14:06:58 +0000 Catherine Brand 14609 at http://wunc.org Wilkes Co. Program To Curb Drug Overdose Deaths Goes Statewide System To Track Prescription Drugs Underused http://wunc.org/post/system-track-prescription-drugs-underused <p>Prescription drug overdose kills an average of three people per day in North Carolina.&nbsp;</p><p>Researchers at UNC Chapel Hill say a statewide system designed to reduce those numbers – <a href="http://www.ncdhhs.gov/MHDDSAS/controlledsubstance/">North Carolina Controlled Substances Reporting System </a>(CSRS) – is effective - but grossly underused.</p><p>CSRS went into effect in 2007, following a legislative mandate, but of the 34,000 providers authorized to prescribe controlled substances, only a third have registered with the CSRS, and fewer than half of those actually use it.</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Catherine Brand 12763 at http://wunc.org System To Track Prescription Drugs Underused Drug Database Gets Little Use From Pharmacists http://wunc.org/post/drug-database-gets-little-use-pharmacists <p style="line-height: 15px; margin: 0px 0px 0.75em; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(162, 191, 228);">State health officials want to know if low use of a prescription drug database is leading to more deaths in North Carolina.<br> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 23:15:00 +0000 Gurnal Scott 5421 at http://wunc.org Guidelines For Rationing Drugs Recommended http://wunc.org/post/guidelines-rationing-drugs-recommended <p>Duke University medical officials have come up with <span class="link-external"><a href="http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1362942">guidelines</a></span> for allocating scarce drugs. Supplies of some cancer medications and other drugs can sometimes run low at hospitals. <span class="link-external"><a href="http://pediatrics.duke.edu/faculty/details/0099553"> Doctor Phillip Rosoff</a></span> is the Director of Clinical Ethics at Duke University Medical Center. He says the protocol focuses on fairness.</p> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 13:20:00 +0000 Eric Hodge 1801 at http://wunc.org