Drug Shortage Crisis: Lives are in the Balance, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Health Care, District of Columbia, Census and the National Archives of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, November 30, 2011   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the opening statement of Trey Gowdy: "The drug shortage crisis in America has all the makings of a national crisis. Doctors are frustrated; patients and loved ones are worried. Lives are truly in the balance. Drugs are being rationed. Doctors are forced to sometimes look for less efficacious drugs. Clinical trials are being disrupted and, perhaps unbelievably, doctors are sometimes asked to pick between patients as to who will receive a drug. For all those reasons and more, it is vital Congress conduct oversight of the drug shortage to understand why the problem exists and what can be done to remedy it. In order to find solutions, we must have a clear understanding as to why the drug shortages exist in the first instance. Over the last decade, there were around 70 new drug shortages identified each year between 2003 and 2006. And then the number of drugs in shortage began to dramatically increase. In both 2010 and 2011, there have been over 200 new drug shortages identified. Typically, these drugs are used to treat cancer, heart disease, and complicated infections. One reason I enjoy this committee and the Members on it is that we are, from time to time, able to set aside politics and look for the root causes of an issue and have a good faith conversation about the remedy. And when it comes to sick patients, when it comes to children, and when it comes to research for the diseases that are or will impact very nearly every family here, my hope is that politics will go away, and we can earnestly and honestly identify the issues and suggest the remedies." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Elijah E. Cummings, Paul A. Gosar, Scott Gottlieb, Trey Gowdy, Michelle Hudspeth, Walter Kalmans, Ted Okon, and Kasey K. Thompson.

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