U.S. FDA outlines plan to combat drug shortages

October 31, 2013 3:55 PM

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U.S. FDA outlines plan to combat drug shortages

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a strategic plan for preventing drug shortages on Thursday and proposed a rule to require drug and biotechnology companies to promptly notify the agency of potential disruptions to the supply of medically important drugs.

The plan and proposal come in response to a 2011 order from President Barack Obama to solve the problem of drug shortages. Between 2005 and 2011 the number of new shortages quadrupled to 251. That figure declined to 117 in 2012 but there were still more than 300 ongoing shortages at the end of the y...

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