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Phoebe Putney Hospital is conserving medicine to avoid shortages.

Officials say a lack of raw materials used to produce the drugs is the problem.

Medicine for chemotherapy patients is of greatest concern.

Officials say conservation is the key.

"Fortunately we've been able to work with our physicians and our staff to develop alternative treatments or essentially limit the usage to key situations, where it's absolutely required," said Phoebe Pharmacy Director.

Last month, the FDA reported critical shortages for 200 prescriptions. That's up from 178 a year ago.

 

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