[Ip-health] A push to ease prescription drug shortages: Sen. Klobuchar to propose easing imports of medication from abroad.
jdr at ramoslink.info
Mon Jan 10 21:46:07 PST 2011
Website for Senator Amy Klobuchar ( D-Minnesota) :
A push to ease prescription drug shortages: Sen. Klobuchar to propose
easing imports of medication from abroad.
December 29, 2010
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.
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.......
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.
Joana Ramos, MSW
Cancer Resources & Advocacy
Seattle WA USA
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