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National drug shortage hitting close to home

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A nationwide shortage of prescription drugs is growing and Quincy's Blessing Hospital is feeling the effects of it.

In a statement released Friday morning, Blessing Hospital representatives say in late October the Food & Drug Administration shut down a second major national drug compounding company that supplies medications to thousands of hospitals across the country.

The latest nation-wide shortage list has a 261 medications on it.

Officials at Blessing and other Tri-State hospitals say despite the drug shortage, they're still prepared for an emergency.

Workers at Blessing Hospital's pharmacy are responsibly for providing medication to patients.

But, more than ever before. Blessing pharmacists are spending time behind this glass window making drugs that used to be shipped in.

"We are feeling a little bit of the impact here, a little bit more every day but we wanted everyone to be assured that we are taking steps to address it," said Loyd.

David Loyd is Blessing's administrative director for ancillary services.

Loyd says in addition to compounding their own medication, the hospital is also substituting drugs and getting medication from other providers.

"It's simply man hours, man hours, more work, more frontline hours, and probably a little bit of cost," said Loyd.

It's more of the same at Hannibal Regional Hospital.

Director of Pharmacy Kirsten Myers says they've been feeling the impact of the shortage for 3 years.

"One of the medications we've had the most issues with is, and this is something that's been in the news recently as well is Propofol, it's a medication used for sedation," said Myers.

Myers says Hannibal Regional is using the same techniques as Blessing to make sure medication stays in stock, but says he doesn't see the shortage getting better anytime soon.

"We've not really seen the light at the end of the tunnel so to speak and we will continue to continue our excellent patient care regardless of what happens with the shortages," said Myers.

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