US Drug shortage of common cheap drugs


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Important Takeaways:

  • US drug shortages are forcing ‘impossible choices’ for Americans, experts tell Senate committee
  • “The absence of a generic and cheap drug like fludarabine literally can be the difference between life and death,” Westin told members of the US Senate Committee on Finance at a hearing Tuesday.
  • Marsha Blackburn noted that the medical center at Vanderbilt in Nashville has had to dedicate more than 100 staff members to managing and mitigating disruptions caused by shortages.
  • “This is something that is becoming all too common with our providers,” the Tennessee Republican said Tuesday.
  • The majority of the nearly 200 ongoing shortages – 84% – don’t involve new or novel drugs but rather generics that have been on the market for decades, said Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho. Generics make up 9 of every 10 prescriptions filled in the US, so shortages have a big impact on the country’s health.

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