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Growing Shortage of Some Rx Drugs

WebMD Examines the Impact of a Shortage of Chemotherapy and Other Drugs in Hospitals and Pharmacies

Reasons for Drug Shortage continued...

In early February, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. and Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., introduced the Preserving Access to Life-Saving Medications Act, which will require prescription drug manufacturers to give early notification to the FDA of any incident that would likely result in a drug shortage.

“I am very hopeful that this legislation will move forward and result in some positive actions on shortages,” says Erin Fox, PharmD, manager of the Drug Information Service at the University of Utah.

But in the meantime, doctors, pharmacists, and hospitals are still struggling to meet their patients’ needs. “This is a big problem. It didn’t evolve overnight and we’re not going to fix it overnight,” Benjamin says.

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