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White House Moves To Curb Drug Shortages

President Obama issued an executive order on Monday – another of his recent moves that have sidestepped Congress– ordering the Food and Drug Administration to take steps to reduce drug shortages that have plagued hospitals and pharmacies nationwide.

The order requires drug companies to report production problems to the FDA six months before those problems would impact that nation’s supplies. The order also speeds reviews of applications to change production procedures. If further directs the Justice Department to collect information on possible instances of collusion or price gouging by drug makers.

A bipartisan bill that would have etched many of these changes into law, has been stuck in the Congress since February.

We took a close look at the roots of the national drug shortage, which you can hear here.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1330948504 Anonymous

    I believe that somewhere somehow the New Book: DEADLY MONOPOLIES about the shocking takeover of life itself by medical and pharmacutical companies is involved here. The drug companies make drugs available to some people, but NOT all, on purpose. Money is their object. They do not have peoples best interests at heart and many times people are just considered money making pieces of meat. To read, hear and learn more, go this link on NPR.

    http://www.npr.org/2011/10/24/141429392/deadly-monopolies-patenting-the-human-body

    • Craig Borowski

      The drug companies are companies. They are businesses. To expect anything other than money to be their object is to misunderstand one of those first two points.

  • Ayersrd82

    The title to this story would lead someone to believe the president has taken some major, drastic, bold action to curb a problem!  Does anyone really believe this is nothing more than a campaign ploy!  Seriously, what will the gov do if a company doesn’t comply?  Close them down?

  • Nyahodomgotthatswagg

    sad

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