A Pandora’s box: sustainable pharmaceutical supply

Robert Pearce, Simon Quilty, Jacqueline Kewley and Lisa M Harris
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (3): . || doi: 10.5694/mja11.11521
Published online: 20 February 2012

To the Editor: After our recently published article1 and subsequent criticism2 that shortages in benzylpenicillin were a “storm in a teacup”, we would like to detail the increasing number of drug shortages at John Hunter Hospital. Not only does this pose increasing costs to pharmacy but there are escalating threats to patient care.

  • Robert Pearce
  • Simon Quilty
  • Jacqueline Kewley
  • Lisa M Harris

  • Department of Medicine, John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, NSW.


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