Medical drug shortages keep growing. Time to keep pressure on our congress members

Drug Shortages (AP Illustration/Jenni Sohn)

Revelation 13:16-18 “Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.”

Important Takeaways:

  • Erin Fox has tracked drug shortages for more than 20 years, and she sees no easy solutions for what has become a record run.
  • Total active shortages hit an all-time high of 323 in this year’s first quarter, according to the University of Utah Drug Information Service. That’s up about 86% from a 10-year low of 174 last reached in 2017.
  • There were 48 new shortages recorded this year through March, according to the data, published by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
  • Q: Is there any good news?
  • A: Last year, Congress held four hearings on shortages. They’re still very interested. People are really starting to talk about doing hard work both on the policy side but also maybe a little bit of Congressional action to really try to move this problem forward.
  • I’ve been leading our efforts to provide data on drug shortages since 2001. This is truly the most interest I’ve ever seen.

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