Rural Hospitals Struggle To Stock Expensive Drugs That Could Save Lives

Lulabelle Berry surveys the 600 acres she and her husband, Jimmy, own in the Ozarks near Mountain View, Ark. Berry walks laps on her porch to aid her recovery from a stroke. She says she’s grateful for the drug that saved her life. “It’s been a good life,” she says.

Sarah Jane Tribble for Kaiser Health News


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Lulabelle Berry surveys the 600 acres she and her husband, Jimmy, own in the Ozarks near Mountain View, Ark. Berry walks laps on her porch to aid her recovery from a stroke. She says she’s grateful for the drug that saved her life. “It’s been a good life,” she says.

Sarah Jane Tribble for Kaiser Health News

Hospital pharmacist Mandy Langston remembers when Lulabelle Berry arrived at the emergency center of Stone County Medical Center in Mountain View, Ark., last year.

Berry couldn’t talk. Her face was drooping on one side. Her eyes couldn’t focus.

“She was basically unresponsive,” Langston recalls.

Berry, 78, was having a severe Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/09/15/550179668/rural-hospitals-struggle-to-stock-expensive-drugs-that-could-save-lives?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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