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FDA Sets New Rules to Combat Drug Shortages

The agency will require more notification of impending supply changes.

New FDA rules address sterile injectable drugs like those used in emergency medicine, intravenous nutrition, and cancer in particular.(jill_a_brown/flickr)

photo of Sophie Novack
October 31, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration is taking measures to further address the problem of drug shortages, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The FDA will share a new federal rule and plan on drug shortages on Thursday, which will add to an order signed by President Obama in 2011 and passed by Congress in 2012

The law will require companies to let the FDA know about any temporary manufacturing situations that would endanger drug supply, or of any plans to cease production of drugs in short supply. The agency would then find alternate manufacturers to make the drug. 

 

The number of notifications of coming shortages by companies to the FDA increased sixfold since the presidential order in 2011, but doctors and researchers say there is much still to do. 

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