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Ambulance companies feeling pinch from medication shortage

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Ambulance companies across the nation, as well as in our region, are feeling the pinch of a shortage of life saving medications.

Officials with Susquehanna Township EMS Incorporated say they are working with their suppliers and swapping medications with other ambulance service providers.

Elliot Markovitz is the Executive Director of Susquehanna Township based ambulance service. He says they have had to scramble to get some of the required medications including those used on cardiac patients.

Markovitz says they currently have all the required medications in their ambulances, but he is concerned about their current inventory and getting more in the future.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health oversees ambulance service companies. They could shut down businesses that do not have the required drugs in their fleet or prevent ambulances that do not have the required drugs on board from being on the street. That action would put a strain on other ambulance services and response times.

Paramedics say despite the drug shortage, any patient in need of medication during their ambulance runs will not be denied.

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