Persistent drug shortages are prompting doctors to ration critical medications and scramble for alternatives, the Government Accountability Office said Monday. "We are at a public health crisis when we don't have the medicines to treat acutely ill patients and we don't have the basics like intravenous fluids," the University of Utah's Erin Fox said. The FDA needs to use its drug databases that track shortages to determine patterns that can help avert the problem, the GAO said.

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