Hospitals scramble as they try to cope without a simple pantry drug- baking soda
SALT LAKE CITY — Frustration in hospitals across the nation as a drug shortage forces doctors to make due without baking soda.
Erin Fox, the director of drug information at the University of Utah, says baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is used in a lot of common treatments but it’s most essential in treating some drug overdoses and helping quell the effects of high-dose chemotherapy.
So, the obvious question, why not just stock up from the nearest grocery store?
“Most drug shortages are caused by quality or manufacturing problems at the factory.” Fox explained.
She says factories have to go through a delicate process to make sure the drug is sanitary and safe enough to be injected straight into patients veins. Grocery store baking soda doesn’t make the cut. The story is sometimes also true for the medical factories, leading to the shortages hitting hospitals nationwide right now.
While it is common to see shortages in simple drugs like baking soda or saline, Fox says they never have the problem with more expensive drugs.
“Those companies have just one dedicated line for that product,” Fox explained,
“and they almost always have a back up plan.”
She says they’re trying to figure out how to encourage all drug manufacturers to make the same precautions, but for now they just have to cope until the factories can catch up.
Learn more in the audio story below:
Today’s Top Stories
- Man crashes into Ogden Taco Bell drive-thru window
- American Red Cross of Utah seeks volunteers in central Utah
- Clearfield Police identify victims in Wednesday’s double homicide
- Vehicle collides with unoccupied building in Roy, no injuries
- One person dies on hike at Zion National Park, another hospitalized
- First Presidency issues 2022 Christmas message
- Six new Latter-day Saint missions to launch in 2023
- Crash on I-15 in Draper leaves one dead
- 12 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas [with recipes!]
- The best tools for Deaf and hard-of-hearing workplace success