AMA report: drug shortages a public health problem — 3 things to know

Drug shortages are a major public health issue, according to an American Medical Association Council on Science and Public Health report.

Here are three things to know:

1. The AMA supports authorizing the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Reference Committee to expedite facility inspections and the review of drug applications, manufacturing changes and supplements that would help prevent or mitigate a drug shortage.

2. The AMA will push Congress and/or the FDA to require drug manufacturers to have a strategy to avert shortages.

3. According to an American Society of Anesthesiologists member survey, 98 percent of respondents regularly experience anesthesia drug shortages at their institutions, and 95 percent say the shortages adversely affect patient care.

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