Study: Septic shock drug shortage associated with higher mortality in 2011

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The U.S. norepinephrine shortage in 2011 was associated with increased mortality among hospital patients with septic shock, according to a study published online yesterday by the Journal of the American Medical Association. The Food and Drug Administration reported a severe nationwide shortage of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Drug Shortages

GAO issues update on drug shortages

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The number of new drug shortages has generally decreased since 2011, while the number of ongoing shortages remains high, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. The report, mandated by the FDA Safety and Innovation Act of 2012, examines 2010-2015 data on drug shortages from the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Drug Shortages, regulation

Study: Acute care drug shortages persist, despite 2012 law

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Early evidence suggests that the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act of 2012 has reduced drug shortages overall, but not for acute care drugs, according to a study published today in Health Affairs. “Our estimates, based on reported national drug shortages from 2001 to 2014 collected by... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Drug Shortages

FDA to allow expedited review of new 'sole-source' generic drugs

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The Food and Drug Administration Friday updated its policies and procedures for review of generic drugs to allow expedited review of applications for new “sole-source” generic drug products. These are drugs for which there is only one approved generic equivalent for a brand-name drug. The House Committee... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Drug Shortages, drug prices

AHA letter to editor: Hospitals cannot address the drug shortage issue alone

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While drug shortages are declining, too many lifesaving drugs and treatments remain scarce as a consequence of the larger issue of health care supply-chain shortages, AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack writes in a letter to the editor of the New York Times, which recently published a story on the issue.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Drug Shortages

Senate hearing highlights impact of rising drug costs on hospitals

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The recent wave of increases in the cost of prescription drugs is straining hospital budgets and squeezing patients, hospital and other health care witnesses Dec. 9 told the Senate Aging Committee at a hearing on “sudden price hikes” in off-patent drugs.

Witnesses cited huge cost increases for some... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Drug Shortages, drug prices

Senators urge FTC to investigate saline solution makers

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A bipartisan group of U.S. senators yesterday urged the Federal Trade Commission to investigate possible illegal collusion by saline solution manufacturers. “Since the saline shortage began in late 2013, suppliers are reported to have increased their prices by 200%-300%,” Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT),... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Drug Shortages, antitrust

FDA issues final rule on drug shortage notification requirements

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The Food and Drug Administration today issued a final rule requiring all manufacturers of certain medically important prescription drugs to notify the agency of permanent discontinuances or temporary interruptions in manufacturing that are likely to disrupt the supply of the product in the United States.... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: Drug Shortages, regulation

FDA issues drug shortages app for mobile devices

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The Food and Drug Administration today launched a mobile application for accessing information on current drug shortages and discontinuations. The app allows users to search or browse by a drug’s generic name or active ingredient, and report a suspected drug shortage or supply issue to the agency. The... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: physicians, Drug Shortages

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