When Lifesaving Drugs Are in Short Supply

August 6, 2019

(U.S. News & World Report) – Of all of the many late night “what ifs” I have wrestled with since my son’s diagnosis, a nationwide shortage of a generic drug to shrink and control brain tumors in children is not something I ever could have fathomed. Not in this country.  Yet in recent weeks, in oncology clinics and hospitals across the United States, patients, families and medical providers are having difficult conversations about whether there is enough Vinblastine to go around. On July 23, the Food and Drug Administration placed Vinblastine on its drug shortage list.