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FDA, industry not waiting for Congress on drug shortages

Few expect Congress to produce a quick solution to the problem of shortages, which remain an immediate threat to patient care

American Medical News

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is permitting importation of one critical drug while a new third-party group seeks to help generic drugmakers coordinate to avoid shortages.

Pending legislation in Congress and efforts by the private sector aimed at reducing national drug shortages largely aim to improve communication among manufacturers, distributors, federal regulators, hospitals and physicians to prevent supply problems from arising in the first place.

Full story: FDA, industry not waiting for Congress on drug shortages

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Rocco Altobelli Rocco Altobelli Sunday, March 11, 2012 12:33:41 PM Over the last year I've faced shortages of fentanyl, lorazepam, Valium, succinylcholine, etomidate, and Zofran at work. If it was such an "old and not very profitable market," then how is it I could buy generic beer, cigarettes and cereal in any store? I want to give Big Pharm the benefit of the doubt, but to my eyes the current shortage looks like an attempt at price fixing.
Andrew J Okey Andrew J Okey Sunday, March 11, 2012 12:46:30 PM Lets open the market and start buying from Canada :-) I'm sure that would change thing!

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