Addressing Prescription Drug Shortages
Critical shortages of medical drugs are becoming so common we’re facing a “public health crisis” according to some in the industry. So much so it prompted President Obama to issue an executive order aimed at easing the shortages. The concern is mostly over generic drugs given by injection. But within that area, the shortages are becoming acute and widespread. More than 180 drugs have been declared in short supply this year. Many of them are vital for treating childhood leukemia, and breast and colon cancer. Join us as we discuss the impact of the shortages and the government response.
science reporter for The New York Times and author of the mystery novel "Hazard."
deputy director of the Office of New Drugs in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research
pediatric oncologist, Children's National Medical Center.