Mar, 2023
Short Supply: The Health and National Security Risks of Drug Shortages
United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Peters, Gary, 1958-
From the document: "Shortages of critical medications continue to rise--including drugs used in hospital emergency rooms and to treat cancer, prescription medications, and even common over-the-counter treatments like children's cold and flu medicine. The number of active drug shortages in the U.S. reached a peak of 295 at the end of 2022. However, drug shortages are not a new problem. They are caused by a number of factors, including economic drivers, insufficient supply chain visibility, and a continued U.S. overreliance on both foreign and geographically concentrated sources for medications and their raw materials. These shortages have cascading effects on patient care, causing delays in treatment, increasing the risk of medication errors, and requiring the use of less effective alternative treatments. Hospitals have also experienced increased costs, medication waste, and limited staffing capacity to address and remedy shortages. [...] While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prevented a record number of drug shortages in 2021, active drug shortages are currently on the rise. Recent efforts by Congress, the Executive Branch, and industry aim to increase pharmaceutical supply chain visibility and bolster domestic manufacturing capabilities for critical drug products. However, significant gaps remain. [...] Congress, the Executive Branch, and industry must work together to respond to this decadeslong problem by obtaining needed supply chain visibility to proactively identify risks, investing in quality systems and advanced manufacturing technologies, and ensuring supplier diversification through strategic onshoring for critical generic drugs regularly used by healthcare providers throughout the country."
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    Peters, Gary, 1958-
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    United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • Date
    Mar, 2023
  • Copyright
    Public Domain
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  • Subjects
    Inventory shortages
  • Resource Group
    Critical Releases

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