Re that link to a shortage of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)
I can remember overseas how doctors would mix their own sodium bicarbonate solution, as well as many others. It did NOT take a factory to make many of the medications, infusions, etc. they could be compounded in the pharmacy by the trained pharmacist using books of formulas or even doctor's orders.
I remember when BFI powder stopped being produced for several years (before making a 20 year comeback, then going defunct forever). BFI powder was almost a miracle powder that dried up and helped heal things like staph sores, belly/boob roll sores, etc. in very short order.
The pharmacist compounded it (we were in Pakistan) and it was sprayed into my 3 year old adopted sister's ears and onto into the sores on her scalp (she had gotten the staph infection in the orphanage in Iran where we had adopted her as a newborn).
American doctors were unable to get rid of it, no matter what they tried.
When the Pakistani doctor in Pakistan said BFI, got it compounded, and it was used for less than 6 months, the staph infection vanished. Then-cutting-edge surgery was performed to rebuild her staph-ruined eardrums by the Pakistani doctor, returning her hearing from 0% to 95%. 55 years later, she has never had a staph relapse and her hearing is equally as good.
So, perhaps, doctors need to stop complaining and the pharmacy in the hospital start compounding items in short supply.
But then the lawyers would have their heyday.
Probably best to simply let the patient die and blame it on the shortage.
Oh well ...
PS: ever looked at Neosporin ointment. It's only active ingredient is Bacitracin (recently using other more pharmaceutical-sounding names to break the visual link to bacitracin). You used to get tubes of bacitracin for under a buck ... then Neosporin came along, jacked the price up and made a lot of publicity claims while at the same time significantly increasing the price of bacitracin to almost 8 bucks a tube (later shrinking it down to one oz, and dropping the price to about $6). Ultimately it was priced at $9.50 an ounce, while Neosporin sells at just under $7 an oz. The better buy, and far cheaper if it were not for Neosporin, would be the 1945-invented bacitracin.