I read an article in the newspaper recently discussing the shortage of a number of vaccines and other medications, resulting in rationing of doses.
One of the meds listed was injectible B-Methasone. Having had pre-term labor with both of my pregnancies (at 22 and 25 weeks), I am convinced that this drug contributed to good outcomes, even though both of my girls were preemies.
Have any of you practicing OB nurses encountered problems with pre-term labor patients who are unable to get this drug? If so, what are you doing for them? Are there any other effective substitutes? Have you cared for any patients whose babies were sicker than expected due to lack of this drug?
This really scares me! I know that we hear of medication shortages all the time, but I guess I never really gave it much thought until it hit so close to home.