Local fire departments struggling with shortage of medications - KMOV.com

Local fire departments struggling with shortage of medications

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By Eric Lorenz By Eric Lorenz

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- Many local fire departments are struggling with a shortage of several key medications for ambulances.

Monarch Fire Deputy Chief of EMS Nick Harper says many cardiac drugs and adrenaline are in short supply.

Demand for the drugs is high and manufacturers are having a tough time keeping up.

“Those are the medicines we are mostly concerned about on a routine basis within the first few minutes of major multiple cardiac events,” said Harper. “Those are the ones we’re mostly concerned about, but there are routine medicines we use more often, such as sugar water, that is getting real hard to get a hold of too.”

Nearby Metro West Fire District said they started seeing a shortage a year ago and have been working to stock up their supplies.

Both Metro West and Monarch say they are not out of any drugs, but it’s a situation they keep watching closely.

Harper says the Monarch department in Chesterfield is trying to order the medications from different suppliers. 

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