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Proceed To Article Information About Drug Shortages
It is FDA's policy to help prevent or alleviate shortages of medically necessary drug products. A drug shortage may involve either an actual or a potential shortage of a drug product. Drug shortages occur for a variety of reasons including manufacturing difficulties, bulk supplier problems, corporate decisions to discontinue drugs, and FDA enforcement actions. These drug shortages can have significant public health consequences. More...

Proceed To Article When A Drug Is In Short Supply
Potential drug shortages are a top agency priority, according to Mark Lynch, a branch chief in FDA's division of drug manufacturing and product quality. "Shortages call for rapid communication among the key people within FDA," he says. "Those involved have to drop what they're doing and react rapidly to the crisis."

But a reduction in the drug supply doesn't always warrant this emergency status. To be defined as a high-priority drug shortage, the drug must be found to be "medically necessary.". More...

Proceed To Article Claritin Patent Fight A Hot Political Issue
ABC News reported last week that Senate leaders are allowing drug maker Schering-Plough to insert a special-interest provision in congressional spending bills that will protect its $5 million per day market for the allergy drug Claritin. The provision will cost consumers $11 billion, according to the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. More...
Proceed To Article CDC Advisory Committee Votes To Include Prevnar In The Vaccines For Children Program
American Home Products announced that its vaccine Prevnar(TM) has been included in the federal government's Vaccines for Children program (VFC). Based on this vote all VFC-eligible children up to age five will have access to Prevnar(TM). More...

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