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Shortage of dialysis meds at GMH

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by Janjeera Hail

Guam - There's another medication shortage at the Guam Memorial Hospital, but according to spokesperson Connor Murphy, it's not because of late payments to vendors.  A nationwide recall of the dialysis medication Epogen was implemented in September because of the possible presence of thin glass flakes in the vials. 

Murphy says the shortage is hitting the hospital harder than in smaller clinics, telling KUAM News, "We all get it from the same place pretty much, but the amount that we use is much different than what they use. The amount that they use in a week is probably what we use in a day, so it's a little bit harder for us to get a supply than a smaller private center."

According to Murphy, Epogen helps encourage the growth of new red blood cells after dialysis treatments. Because there's no substitute, the hospital is being very conservative with the two small shipments they received this month.

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