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Ottawa, Apr 15 (Canadian-Media): Low supply of some drugs in Ontario required to keep COVID-19 patients sedated while on ventilators has compelled the hospitals in Ontario to conserve their use, media reports said.
Ventilator. Image credit: Twitter
With almost triple the demand of these drugs due to their being crucial to sedate and immobilize the COVID-19 patients on ventilators, said Christina Adams, chief pharmacy officer of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists, has given rise some very significant shortages in medications such as propofol (a sedative), cisatracurium (a paralytic, or neuromuscular blocker), and rocuronium (a paralytic, or neuromuscular blocker).
All three are on a Health Canada list current drug scarcities with "the greatest potential impact on Canada's drug supply and health care system."
Ontario is working with pharmaceutical companies on the issue, said Ontario's Health Minister Christine Elliott.