The Washington Post, April 27, 2015

I worry about a lot of things that could go wrong if I'm taken to a hospital, but until today this hasn't been one of them: Hospitals are routinely running short of critical antibiotics, often for months at a time. When Larissa May, an associate professor of emergency medicine at George Washington University, and a team of researchers checked, they found that hospitals across the country ran short of 148 anti-bacterial drugs over a 13-year period, from 2001 to 2013. The average time without a drug was nearly nine months (injectable drugs generally ran short for even longer periods than medications taken by mouth).

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