From allergies to arthritis to asthma, prednisone is prescribed for at least a dozen conditions that affect a lot of people. So it's concerning some pharmacists that nationwide drug companies are reporting shortages in the drug.
And many of those companies said they won't be able to ship out more until late this month and even late August. Some said it's because of less availability in the raw materials they use to make prednisone.
"Drug shortages are a national healthcare crisis because what we're seeing is that because of unavailability of certain medications, healthcare providers are having to rely on second or third line medications, which they may not be as familiar with," said Melinda Burnworth, a pharmacist and professor at Midwestern University.
She also said several factors can contribute to drug shortages, including large companies consolidating, drug contamination and discontinuation of medical products. She said if you are affected by this or think you might be, have a conversation with your doctor.
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