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 since 2011, 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.
Wunsch says the drug shortages first appeared in 2011, after the FDA started cracking down on unsafe practices in the pharmaceutical industry. Some believe these are manufactured shortages as a way for the industry to push back against government regulation.
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