Oct 31, 2011 0
The Food and Drug Administration, as of July 31, had reported 180 prescription drug shortages, which tops the previous record of 178 recorded last year. Additionally, the American Hospital Association found that 99.5 percent of hospitals have had one or more drug shortages in the past six months. The record number of prescription drug shortages has prompted an executive order from the Obama administration. The order directs the FDA to increase reporting of possible shortages and speed the application process required to begin production of drugs. Shortages have been reported on drugs that treat everything from cancer to bacterial infections. More here and here.