FDA to more aggressively tackle disruptive drug shortages
July 13, 2018
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it wants to more aggressively fight medication shortages that have led to rationing of some drugs and disrupted patient care.
The agency announced plans for a task force to find ways to improve the supply of crucial drugs. It's a new approach for the drug regulator, which has very little control over drugmakers' operations. It generally can't act until drugmakers tell the agency that shortages are imminent or that it will stop making a drug.
FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said the agency will ask Congress for the authority to allow it...