Chemo drug shortage not affecting Peterborough patients

Peterborough, ON, Canada / (CHEXTV)
Chemo drug shortage not affecting Peterborough patients

Patients undergoing chemotherapy at Peterborough Regional Health Centre will continue to receive their treatments as usual, despite a national shortage of a chemo drug, says the hospital administration.

“Patients at Peterborough Regional Health Centre are not currently affected by the drug shortage reportedly affecting hospitals north of Toronto,” said hospital spokesperson Michelene Ough. “Chemotherapy treatment continues as usual for our patients in Cancer Care.”

A drug shortage announced this week is affecting patients at Mackenzie Health in Richmond Hill. Up to 35 patients there were to receive the drug fluorouracil, but have been told it is unavailable.

The shortage is in part due to one of the drug suppliers, Accord Healthcare, being temporarily shut down by Health Canada. Accord supplies more than half of the drug to cancer clinics nationwide. Health Canada is investigating the supplier due to leaking vials that were discovered between June 2015 and October 2016.

Ough adds: “When potential drug shortages like the ones reported today do occur at a provincial or national level, the hospital has in place a process to monitor our stock levels and identify and develop alternate strategies to ensure that patient treatment is not interrupted.”

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