House urges FDA action on drug shortages

More than 90 members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to the FDA urging it to take swift action to combat drug shortages.

In urging action from the FDA,the representatives note that there were 186 new drug shortages last year, a 27 percent increase from 2017 and the highest amount of drug shortages seen throughout the last five years.

The FDA created a Drug Shortage Task Force in 2018 to find the root cause of drug shortages and propose solutions.The task force was supposed to submit a detailed report to Congress; however, the report has yet to be seen, the lawmakers wrote in the letter.

The letter requested the FDA respond promptly and gives Congress a timeline on when the report would be submitted outlining steps to take to fix the drug shortage problem.

Read the letter here

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