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What Will Happen When Our Prescription Drugs Disappear?

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According to an LA Times article, most of the ingredients that make up pharmaceutical drugs come from either China or India. Given our relationship with China, is it any wonder that a pharmaceutical website (1) recently ran this headline?


“Chemotherapy drugs, many of which do not have alternatives, have returned to the list of the top five drug classes affected by shortages, with 23 drugs currently in short supply. The other top drug classes on shortage include central nervous system (CNS) drugs (52), antimicrobials (35), fluids and electrolytes (30), and hormones (27).”

What would happen if the drug(s) you are currently taking would cease to exist?  I know with certainty that pharmaceutical drugs are necessary for some people. Are you one of them?  But most of us never learn that there is yet another, safer approach to healing, because our healthcare providers never learned this.  We rely on doctors to tell us what is wrong with our health and based on their medical educations, their explanations seem to be biased in favor of erasing symptoms 4-6 hours at a time with one or more pharmaceutical drugs.  If the doctor had learned that your breathing problems (for example) stemmed from the mold you inhaled 10 years ago, then short-term anti-inflammatory drugs might be prescribed along with a game plan to assist you in overcoming your symptoms without medications.  Long-term management would then be recommended including diet, regular exercise and safe supplements, enabling you to manage your breathing problems long after the short-term drugs are terminated.  Perhaps not all cases would respond favorably, but I can attest, many would be helped and would cherish the idea of self-managing their symptoms. Truly, I believe that this approach defines the word, “healthcare.”

Research and References

1. Specialty Pharmacy Continuum: Drug Shortages Reach 10-Year High: ASHP Report – Specialty Pharmacy Continuum


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