Governments and international agencies need to embrace quality regulation of pharmaceuticals as well as contingency plans
For the first time in six decades, intravenous penicillin will not be available on hospital shelves in Australia. CSL Limited, who distributes benzylpenicillin in Australia, has been informed by their supplier that due to international floods and disasters, there is a critical global shortage. CSL gave Australian hospitals less than 2 weeks’ notice, and have warned that resumption of local supply is not expected until December 2011.
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