Drugs needed to put patients on ventilators in short supply

From Becker’s:

Drugs that are needed to keep patients on ventilators are facing shortages across the country as demand spikes, Stat reported.

Drugs such as sedatives, anesthetics, painkillers and muscle relaxants are needed to manage pain and comfort levels to keep patients on ventilators.

In March, there was a 52 percent increase in demand for half a dozen different sedatives and anesthetics, according to Stat. The fill rate for those drugs dropped from 100 percent at the beginning of the month to 63 percent as of March 24.

Demand for three painkillers — hydromorphone, fentanyl and morphine — rose 67 percent in March and the fill rate fell from 82 percent to 73 percent.

Demand for neuromuscular blockers rose 39 percent while the fill rate dropped to 70 percent, Stat reported.

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