Cancer Drug Shortage Hits Atlanta

August 25, 2011  |  

(AJC) — Flo Burke of Cumming was just a few sessions away from completing  treatments for breast cancer when a change in medication sent her to the emergency room.  The problem was caused by a shortage of  Taxol, a drug used in her treatment. Burke, a patient at Georgia Cancer Specialists, had a severe allergic reaction after she was given an alternative drug.  “I really felt like I was dying,” said Burke, an office manager.  Burke is lucky. Enough Taxol has been found to continue her treatments.  But that doesn’t alleviate the fears of other doctors and patients. The Food and Drug Administration, which has monitored the situation for six years, recently reported 2010 was a record year for drug  shortages and the situation could get worse.

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