Doctors and hospitals face a growing shortage of key drugs to treat patients. In today's first hour, NPR Correspondent Richard Knox talks about the difficult decisions doctors and patients face when their medications run out.
Doctors and hospitals face a growing shortage of key drugs to treat patients. In today's first hour, NPR Correspondent Richard Knox talks about the difficult decisions doctors and patients face when their medications run out. iStockphoto.com
Drug Shortages: The New Normal
Susan Kennedy was halfway through her chemotherapy treatment when her oncologist told her that one of the key drugs in her regimen may no longer be available. That drug is just one on a growing list of over 200 medications — cancer drugs, antibiotics, anesthetics and dozens more — that are in low supply or have already run out. Drug shortages, once rare, have been on the rise in recent months and force doctors, hospitals and drug companies to make difficult decisions about who gets necessary medication, and who doesn't. Host Neal Conan talks with Kennedy and with NPR correspondent Richard Knox and Bona Benjamin, of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, about the causes and effects of the drug shortage.
Gov. Chris Christie Decides
For weeks, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie fueled speculation that he would run for the GOP nomination for president. He hosted fundraisers and traveled the country speaking with supporters. Today, Governor Christie announces his final decision. Host Neal Conan talks with Political Junkie Ken Rudin about Christie's decision, what finally convinced the governor and what it means for the 2012 race.
Life On The Lam
Forty years ago, convicted murderer George Wright allegedly hijacked a plane, made off with a million dollar ransom and vanished. Until last month, when his fingerprint showed up in Portugal. He now faces extradition to the United States. The Federal Bureau of Investigation estimates there are some 6,500 fugitives on the run from U.S. authorities. Their crimes range from missed child support payments to murder, but most share an ability to live quiet lives under the radar. Host Neal Conan talks with Victor Oboyski a retired supervisory deputy U.S. Marshal, about the lives of fugitives and the trail of clues that often lead to their arrest. He also talks with Jennifer Mascia, author of Never Tell Our Business to Strangers about her own experience growing up with a father on the run.
Chef Jacques Pepin's career in food began long before he started teaching home cooks how to chop an onion and perfect a cheese souffle. He may be best known in the U.S. for his popular PBS programs, including Fast Food My Way and Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home, with cooking legend Julia Child. But the French-born chef apprenticed in the Grand Hotel de L'Europe in Lyon at the age of 13; was personal chef for three French heads of state; and cooked at New York City's Le Pavillon. In his latest cookbook, Pepin culls his favorite dishes from his six decades in the kitchen. Host Neal Conan talks with the celebrity chef about his book, Essential Pepin: More Than 700 All-Time Favorites From My Life In Food, and how the collection reflects changes in the way Americans cook and eat.