The webinar, led by Captain Valerie Jensen, R.Ph., Associate Director for the FDA’s Drug Shortage Program, discusses how the FDA responds to drug shortages and what they are doing to try to prevent shortages of medically necessary drugs. Read the rest of this entry »
Drug shortages in the US are a growing crisis, members of Congress were told last Friday, September 23. And there is no single reason why this is happening and no easy solutions to the problem.
Problems lie mostly in older generic versions of sterile injectable drugs, which are low-priced and
- complicated to manufacture
- made by a only a few companies
- manufactured in aging plants where quality is hard to maintain.
Fight Colorectal Cancer is watching the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing Examining the Increase in Drug Shortages.
The hearing began at 9:30 this morning, September 23, 2011, and will continue after a recess.
You can watch it with us on UStream Live.
Testimony already from Howard K. Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services, who was accompanied by Dr. Sandra L. Kweder from the FDA. Both answered questions from Subcommittee Members.
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Legislation in Congress will help raise money for colorectal cancer research without increasing federal spending.
Pennsylvania congressman Charlie Dent has introduced a bill that would direct the U.S. Postal Service to sell a semipostal stamp to raise money for federally funded colorectal cancer research and prevention programs. Semipostal stamps are regular postage stamps that are sold at a surcharge over their postage value. The additional charge is a voluntary contribution by the purchaser to a designated cause.
Under the “Fight Colorectal Cancer Stamp Act” (H.R. 893), funds raised from a semipostal colorectal cancer stamp would be used for colorectal cancer programs at the Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health.