American Society of Anesthesiologists Meets With Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Drug Shortages

American Society of Anesthesiologists President Mark A. Warner, MD, along with other industry representatives, met with Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about the impact of anesthesia drug shortages on Friday, Sept. 9, according to an ASA release.

During the invitation-only, face-to-face meeting, Dr. Warner spoke on the impact of anesthesia drug shortages on patients. The meeting focused on learning the causes behind the recent spike in drug shortages, and Secretary Sebelius expressed a strong commitment to solving the problem.

In April 2011, the ASA conducted a nationwide survey of its members and found that drug shortages affect a majority of hospitals and providers. The ASA has also worked with the FDA to alleviate the shortage of propofol and has submitted recommendations to the FDA on decreasing the severity of other drug shortages. Since a Nov. 2010 meeting with representatives from manufacturers, distributors and providers, the ASA has been working with the Legislative and Regulatory Activities Work Group to develop recommendations to alleviate drug shortages across the country.

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