Having Balls

For those not keeping up with the times, there is a major drug shortage crisis especially with some cancer or anesthetic medications.   Here is the best part.  Government rules for storage and safety have forced some pharmacists to throw away these lifesaving meds.   Here is what one wimp, er, pharmacist said:

“I’d never want to take a chance with not following the rules,” said Alan K. Knudsen, director of pharmacy legal services for Shands HealthCare at the University of Florida in Gainesville. “I wish I didn’t have to throw it out.”

Thankfully, others are pushing back in the interest of patient care, as long as they have strong scientific evidence that the drugs are still safe.  Sometimes the directions on the drug have not been updated due to the cost to get the FDA approval.  So pharmacists can be lemmings by following the Medicare regulations that require them to follow only the manufacturers’ package instructions for storage and use of medication (even when it’s not current) or take a stand, when it is safe, and help out patients.    The ones that do stand up should be celebrated as heroes.  That is until the morons at the Joint Commission come in and claim that these hospitals have violated storage and stability rules therefore face CMS fines or other sanctions.  Then the administrators will force them to follow the unproven rules in order to get a nice, pretty score.



Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  3 comments for “Having Balls

  1. February 22, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Dr. Doug, keep up the good work, the world needs you.

  2. richard
    February 21, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    and don’t forget to mention that if and when the medication has an adverse reaction you can kiss your career goodbye cuz your going to get sued for using “bad” medication

  3. dawn
    February 19, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Add that the state can fine the pharmacist personally (up to $10,000 per item) for finding out-dated medications and take action against their license.

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