Cytarabine Crisis: Leukemia Drug Shortage Affecting Many Hospitals

"There was a recent shortage that we experienced a few months ago. This was part of a nationwide shortage of cytarabine and our first experienced shortage of the commonly used drug. Due to the shortage, some treatments needed to be postponed or the order of a patient's treatment cycle altered. But now there is an adequate supply."

Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pa.

"We have been able to maintain about a two-week buffer, but adequate new supplies have recently been made available."

St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, New York, N.Y.

"We have been able to secure adequate supply to meet our needs at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and our affiliates for several weeks ahead. Our supply situation is stable at the present time. We have a plan in place in case we do not get adequate supplies of drug."

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