Shortage of Leukemia Drug Forcing Hospitals to Turn Some Patients Away

A critical shortage of a leukemia drug has cancer centers across the country worried about how to treat many of their patients. So far, oncologists in 30 states have reported a shortage of cytarabine, a drug that is key to treating certain types of leukemia. The situation, doctors say, is dire. "If we can't get the drug, then the patients are going to die," said Dr. Hagop Kantarjian, chairman of the Department of Leukemia at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. ...Full Story
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