11 Oct 2007

Supplies rationed at American Samoa hospital after shipment bumped

4:47 am on 11 October 2007

American Samoa's LBJ Hospital is rationing some medicine including anti-biotics because a pharmaceutical shipment which was due in over the weekend was cancelled.

The hospital is working with its shipping company partner to route the order through Apia, and hopes to have it in the next day or two.

LBJ's CEO Patricia Tindall is assuring the public that the hospital still has enough supplies and has not run out of any critically needed medicine.

Mrs Tindall explained that the pharmaceuticals are air freighted every two weeks, however the latest shipment was bumped off recent Hawaiian Air flights to make room for the mail.

LBJ's Chief Pharmacist Evelyn Faaiuaso says the pharmacy is rationing medicine, giving patients enough supplies to last until the new shipment is delivered.