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Hospitals adapt to drug shortages

A scarcity of more than 200 medications, caused largely by fewer manufacturers wanting to produce less profitable generics, means hospitals must often rush to find substitute drugs so that patients can get the treatment they need.

Special oxygen mask may save lives

Stephen Letso has asthma, so shortness of breath isn’t that unusual. But on an early morning in February, when an inhaler wouldn’t control his symptoms, he was afraid he would never catch his breath again.

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