Team Heads to Puerto Rico for Power Restoration

Xcel joins more than 20 other electric companies to help restore power to the devastated

Erin Fox, who tracks nationwide drug shortages and heads the University of Utah health system's drug information and support services, said its hospital system now has five to eight pharmacists a day working on nothing but managing shortages.

"We have seen an increase in the number of flu cases compared to a year ago".

"There has been a surge, over the past couple of weeks in the number of patients that we've been seeing with the flu", agreed Dr. Eitan Dickman, vice chair of emergency medicine at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn. This means that patients are receiving certain medications through a syringe that is inserted into the IV, versus through an IV bag...

The tidal wave of assistance pouring in from individuals and charitable institutions from CT is much appreciated, they said.

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Quinones, 21, a St. Bernard School graduate and senior at Quinnipiac, said she was excited and "a little less nervous" to go back, having visited Puerto Rico just last week to attend the funeral of her grandfather. "They get a lot of questions on a daily basis".

Baxter makes what are called mini-bags of saline in Puerto Rico - smaller 50 ml and 100 ml bags used to dilute and administer cancer chemotherapy drugs, antibiotics and other treatments. Things like that we're seeing across the whole health system.

The Joplin region hasn't been immune to this season's flu outbreak.

"Restoring reliable product supply for our patients and customers remains our priority, and we are making progress on the road to a full recovery of our operations", the company said in a statement sent to The Vindicator on Wednesday. In addition to the impact from Hurricane Maria, Baxter also faced higher product demand for crisis situations with the Las Vegas shooting and the California wildfires.

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