National shortage of Adriamycin?

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Question from Wells: Is it true that there is a national shortage of Adriamycin and if true, how does this happen?
Answers - Eric Winer, M.D. There are some centers having trouble obtaining Adriamycin (chemical name: doxorubicin), but there is another drug, epirubicin, that can be substituted for it. It is not a problem we have had at our center, so it is quite variable around the country.
Marisa Weiss The Adriamycin shortage is a national problem at many cancer centers right now. According to the FDA, shortages are due to increased demand and manufacturing delays.

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