Report: FDA Doesn't Have the Ability to Respond to Drug Shortages

The U.S. Government Accountability Office found the number of drug shortages has increased substantially in recent years, and the FDA is limited in its ability to defend against the impact of these shortages, according to the GAO report.

The study found 1,190 reported shortages from Jan. 1, 2001, to June 20, 2011. A record number of shortages (196) were reported in 2010, and 2011 is expected to exceed that record, with 146 shortages reported as of June 20, 2011. The report also found the FDA has a limited ability to control, prevent and mitigate these shortages.

"Specifically, FDA is constrained by its lack of authority to require manufacturers to provide the agency and the public with information about shortages, or require that manufacturers take certain actions to prevent, alleviate, or resolve shortages," the report said.

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