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World Wide shortage of Barium

redhat_redneck (733580) writes | about a year ago

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redhat_redneck (733580) writes "The US and Canada has been experiencing a shortage of barium sulfate which is used as contrast for upper and lower GI studies. To the point,Doctors are being asked not to order these exams except in emergencies and some exams are being cancelled. Here's the letter that's been put out by the manufacturer. The longer this drags on the more serious this issue becomes, eventually impacting patients and healthcare providers in both cost and quality of care. Some sources point to a dramatic drop in Chinese production. In their defense, it seems that China is changing safety regulations. I'm all for China respecting humans rights, but could this be an engineered shortage to drive the price of barium up?
Medical use only make a fraction of the uses of barium sulfate, but it's going to be disproportionately affected by this shortage.
We can't go back to our old contrast Thorotrast. It's horrible stuff and it cause cancer.Does anybody have a stockpile of barium or a barite mine? Or do you have an alternative to barium?"

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