drug shortages

President Barack Obama took new action today on a growing crisis for patients unable to get certain prescription drugs, by directing the Food and Drug Administration Monday to take steps to reduce drug shortages across the USA, especially for those needing life-saving cancer drugs.

Obama signed an executive order intended to ease a problem that has been mushrooming in recent months, forcing delays in surgeries and cancer treatments. Keep reading →

The Food and Drug Administration has awarded a five-year $35 million grant to a nonprofit pharmaceutical think tank to figure out ways to improve drug safety and other measures toward ending the shortage crisis that’s enveloped the industry.

The National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Education (NIPTE), a Chicago-based organization, is the recipient of the September grant that will be distributed to 11 universities to develop solutions to deter shortages of live-saving drugs by simplifying manufacturing and having fewer quality problems. Keep reading →


After a day-long FDA hearing last week and a published report from NPR this morning, prescription drug shortages have become the latest public health issue with dire consequences.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, federal regulators are asking U.S. drug makers for advance warning of production shortages, saying medicine scarcities are continuing to increase at a rapid pace after reaching a record high in 2010. Keep reading →