UPDATE: Chemotherapy treatments resume at hospital affected by drugs shortage
If you're waiting for a life saving drug, missing one treatment, would feel like you're missing a million.
But that waiting has ended for Carmen Sebastien. She was the one who told NEWSTALK 1010 about the shortage of the chemotherapy drugs at MacKenzie Health in Richmond Hill.
"I was called yesterday and I was rescheduled for chemo, because MacKenzie health received the drug they needed to receive." Sebastien tells NEWSTALK 1010.
She only missed one apointment, but says one is enough when you don't when you're going to get teh next lifesaving treatment.
"I don't know if NEWSTALK 1010 hadn't intervened, how long it was going to be before we actually saw the drug."
Sebastien says the hospital has been great, and her oncologist actually checked in to make sure she was alright, while waiting for the treatments to restart.
But she admits, she hasn't heard anything from the provincial government or Cancer Care Ontario.
On the same day the drug shortage was uncovered, a solution was discovered.
Health Canada said it released roughly 3,600 previously quarantined vials of chemotherpy drug Fluorouracil in response to what officials at one GTA hospital called "a province-wide shortage."
These vials were quarantined as a precaution by the manufacturer last fall, over concerns about broken or compromised containers.
Doctors have now been instructed to check each vial before the drugs are administered.
MacKenzie Hospital in Richmond Hill confirmed to NEWSTALK 1010 on Monday morning that it is rescheduling FU-5 chemo treatments for as many as 35 patients after drugs like Irinotecan, Avastin, Leucovorin suddenly ran out.
Officials with MacKenzie Health say they were working on securing more of the drugs but blame a shortage of the mediciation that they say has been felt across Ontario.
In a written statement, the hospital says Cancer Care Ontario, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and Health Canada were all working on a solution.
There's been no official comment on what led to the shortage, or how many patients across the province might be affected.
Sebastien hasn't been told how long this batch will last, or if she'll have to endure another shortage in a couple of weeks.
(With files from James Moore)