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As Off-Label Use Spreads, Supplies Of Niche Drugs And Patients’ Patience Grow Short

Medical treatment has knocked down tumors in 6-year-old Easton Daniels’ brain, but the drug used also wiped out his immune system. To bolster his immune function and help keep him healthy, he has visited a hospital for intravenous infusions of immune globulin about every month for the past year and a half. But in early July, his family was stunned by a letter from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital: “All of Easton’s appointments canceled until further notice,” said his dad, Jeremy Daniels, who works in custodial services for a school. Like Cincinnati Children’s, hospitals and clinics nationwide report a shortage of the medication, whose long manufacturing p...

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