American Society of Hematology

ASH Advocacy to Combat Drug Shortages Making a Difference; Language Included in Senate Appropriations Report

Published on: May 03, 2012

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2013 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill on April 26. ASH successfully persuaded the Committee to include the following language to improve communication by the FDA with physicians on page 79 of the report:

Drug Shortages —The Committee is concerned with the significant number of drug shortages occurring in the United States and the impact it is having on patient access to needed life-saving treatments. By Executive order, the President has instructed FDA to broaden its reporting of potential shortages and speed reviews of applications to begin or alter production of drugs in short supply. As part of this enhanced activity, the Committee encourages FDA to increase its communication with medical practitioners through specialty-specific list serves and other means of targeted communications to provide information on potential shortages, the anticipated length of time of the shortage and options for obtaining therapies while they are in short supply.

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