FDA aims to alleviate drug shortages with new task force

The Food and Drug Administration is forming a new task force to focus on why the U.S. has so many drug shortages, and what solutions may be possible.

Though the regulator has made progress in addressing shortages, “we must work to find new and creative ways to tackle the issue,” Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Thursday.

New drug shortages have declined in recent years, particularly since 2011, when 250 new shortages were reported, but they “continue to pose a real challenge to public health,” according to an FDA report. “This is especially the case when a shortage involves a critical drug to treat cancer, to provide parenteral nutrition, or to address another serious medical condition, such as the shortage of intravenous saline solution.

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