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Specific child cancer drug vanishing

A cancer drug shortage is impacting patients across the country. The drug that treats a form of childhood cancer is running out. To be specific: There is only a two-week nationwide supply left.

Pharmacists are scrambling to find the drug and they're hearing from anxious parents concerned about the growing shortage.

"Obviously, it's very frustrating being a parent and not being able to get a hold of the medication that they know they need to be on," says pharmacist James Wiernas.

There are plenty of Methotrexate tablets, but it's the injectable form of the inexpensive drug that's used to treat a common and curable childhood cancer called A-L-L, short for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The cupboard is bare.

"A month or two, we've been completely out. And we'll get some and when we do, more often than not, it goes off our shelves pretty quickly," Wiernas continues.

One of the nation's largest suppliers of the drug suspended operations at the plant that makes it back in November. Now, the supply of may run out within two weeks.

Wiernas explains of the drug, "This is not something that you can start and stop whenever you casually want." Parents of A-L-L kids around the country are scared. They're also furious.

"I can only hope that supplies last," prays father Kevin McGuire," and it's not just for my son. It's for the next family that walks through the doors of this hospital also."

The supply is becoming so tight that pharmacists like Wiernas say they've even taken calls from doctors looking for the drug. "It's definitely coming to a head now."

The Food and Drug Administration and others are urging companies to increase production of the drug, but no one can force them to produce the drug.

The FDA says it does believe a shortage of the cancer drug can be averted. KEEP READING.

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