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TONIGHT AT 10: Rising drug costs put strain on local EMS

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MIDDLETON (WKOW) -- Emergency medical teams need a full supply of medications on hand at all times as they respond to people in crisis, but in recent years, the drugs paramedics regularly stock have been hard to come by.

Middleton's EMS Director Steve Wunsch tells 27 News a national drug shortage has at times made some medications completely unavailable in the normal quantities and doses.

That availability problem has caused prices of common supplies to skyrocket.

"Right now, one of the items out there that are in short supply-- you really can't come up with a good reason why-- it's something as simple as an IV solution that's nothing other than sterile water and salt," says Wunsch.
 
In a special report tonight on 27 News at 10, Jennifer Kliese explains how Middleton EMS has gotten creative to continue helping patients who need care.

 

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