Monday, August 22, 2011

Tackling medicine shortages

A recent article on MSNBC takes a look at how federal officials, lawmakers, pharmaceutical companies, and doctor groups are looking for remedies to tackle medicine shortages. At least 180 drugs have been declared in short supply.

The government has considered creating a stockpile of crucial cancer medicines in addition to the stockpiles that the CDC has created for antibiotics and antidotes that are held in case of an earthquake or terrorist attack.

According to the FDA, some of the shortages have resulted because inspectors found problems like microbial contamination that can be lethal on injection or because of capacity problems at drug plants or lack of interest because of low profits.

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