Obama takes action on drugs shortages

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 03 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7158
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

US president Barack Obama has taken steps to help manage and perhaps ease the mounting shortage of key drugs in the United States. Much of the concern has focused on limited availability of drugs used in cancer chemotherapy.

Among the steps is “a letter to drug manufacturers reminding them of their legal responsibilities to report the discontinuation of certain drugs to the Food and Drug Administration,” according to documents released by the White House. It also asked the manufacturers to voluntarily report potential shortages where notification is not required by law.

The president threw his support behind bipartisan legislation that would require manufacturers to report all prescription drug shortages to the FDA, and would give …

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