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Medical News & Perspectives
September 14, 2011

FDA, US Hospital and Pharmacy Groups Report Drug Shortages a Growing Problem

JAMA. 2011;306(10):1069-1070. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1238

Shortages of pharmaceutical drugs, a long-standing problem in the United States, appear to be getting worse.

Reports by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the American Hospital Association (AHA), and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists point to patients having to take less effective drugs or delay treatments because of shortages. The situation is prompting action in Congress, where legislation has been introduced that would give the FDA the ability to require early notification from pharmaceutical manufacturers when situations arise that may lead to a shortage of a particular drug.