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Mar

Drug shortage in 2011 tied to increased deaths

A shortage several years ago of a drug used to treat a deadly infection known as septic shock was tied to an increase in deaths among patients with the condition, a new study shows.

The likelihood that hospitalized patients in septic shock would die was nearly 4 percentage points higher during the 2011 shortage of norepinephrine, compared to when hospitals had an adequate supply, researchers found.

Norepinephrine, a so-called vasoconstrictor, raises blood pressure by causing blood vessels to constrict.

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