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Drug Shortages Tackled By New Executive Order

Drug Shortages Tackled By New Executive Order

by Norris Injury Lawyers | November 1st, 2011

November 1, 2011

In an effort to relieve price-gouging and patient deaths across the country due to numerous drug shortages, President Barack Obama ordered the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) make immediate changes to their guidelines involving shortage reporting and application approval processes. According to CBS 42 News, the FDA will now require drug makers to give a six-month warning notice to patients before stopping the production of a drug.

An associate professor at Samford’s School of Pharmacy in Birmingham, Alabama, said she has seen the shortages cause price mark-ups of over 300 percent by grey market distributors in the area. The most common drugs on shortage are antibiotics and chemotherapy drugs.

Although the order was signed Monday, it will take time to stop what president Obama has called a rolling problem. He hopes more relief will come through a bill he proposed to Congress that would prevent future drug shortages.

The Alabama Drug Injury Attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers know that drug shortages can happen, but they are no excuse for a patient to suffer because medical staff cant get their hands on the drugs they need. Contact them immediately by filling out a free initial consultation form if you have suffered because you could not get the drugs you needed.


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