Saskatchewan

Drug supply cut worries Sask. health officials

Health officials in Saskatchewan are working on alternatives in the face of a potential shortage of some key injectable drugs, used primarily in hospitals and cancer clinics.

Health officials in Saskatchewan are working on alternatives in the face of a potential shortage of some key injectable drugs, used primarily in hospitals and cancer clinics.

In an announcement Tuesday, the ministry of health said a Quebec pharmaceutical company was reducing its output of a number of drugs, including injectable morphine, anesthetics and antibiotics.

"Pharmacists [and] physicians are already looking to alternative drugs that could be used in places of the ones that may have short supply," Kevin Wilson the executive director in the ministry's drug plan section, said Tuesday.

The drug maker had been supplying almost 50 per cent of some injectable products used in the country.

Work has begun to find alternative suppliers.

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