[Ip-health] A push to ease prescription drug shortages: Sen. Klobuchar to propose easing imports of medication from abroad.

Joana Ramos jdr at ramoslink.info
Mon Jan 10 21:46:07 PST 2011


  Website for Senator Amy Klobuchar ( D-Minnesota) : 
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JR
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A push to ease prescription drug shortages: Sen. Klobuchar to propose 
easing imports of medication from abroad.
Star-Tribune
December 29, 2010

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According to Klobuchar, 150 drugs are now considered in short supply in 
the United States -- twice as many as five years ago. As a result, she 
said, she plans to introduce legislation to speed up the availability of 
substitutes, including comparable drugs from other countries.

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The shortages have been blamed, in part, on production problems as well 
as decisions by drug manufacturers to stop making inexpensive generic 
drugs. In addition, a California plant that manufactures cisplatin was 
shut down by federal authorities earlier this year because of concerns 
about bacterial contamination.

Klobuchar said her legislation, which she hopes will draw bipartisan 
support, would require drug manufacturers to warn the Food and Drug 
Administration of impending shortages, and to ease rules on importing 
drugs from Canada and other countries.......

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Darcy Malard-Johnson, a pharmacist at the University of Minnesota's 
cancer clinic, said 13 of the 150 drugs on the current shortage list are 
cancer drugs. Most have been around for years, she said, and that may be 
one of the problems. Because they're generic, they're not as profitable 
to make or sell as newer drugs. And there's no way of knowing when a 
company will simply decide to stop making it.


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Joana Ramos, MSW
Cancer Resources & Advocacy
Seattle WA USA
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