The National Hospital has run out of cancer medicine

RikshospitaletOslo. Rikshospitalet.Photo: Jon Olav Nesvold / NTB scanpix

20 bone marrow cancer patients at the National Hospital in Oslo has  not receveived the medicines they need the last 14 days. The reason is that the hospital has run out of medication.
– We have had to notify close to twenty patients that their planned treatment is currently on hold,  the head of the Department of Hematology, Geir Erland Tjønn Fjord,  says to TV2 News.

Now, patients have to wait until October to get the treatment they need. According to Tjønnfjord, this will not have any medical consequences for the patients, if drug companies keep their promise and deliver new supplies in October.

So far this year, pharmacies it has been without 147 of the drugs they usually carry. There may be several reasons for that, but if there is a production problem, the pharmaceutical industry is obliged to report this within two months.

But  according to the Norwegian Medicines Agency, it often fails to do so.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today