Doctors press for passage of generic drug shortage legislation

06/05/2012 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNews // Justice News Flash // (press release)

U.S. – Many are hoping for the passage of new legislation designed to help address the problem of a generic drug shortage in the country. As reported by AFP, the U.S. House and Senate are stated to be working towards the reconciliation of versions of related measures that have been passed through both, which could be completed as early as this month.

The proposed law would make it a requirement for generic drug makers to provide six months advance notice of potential shortages to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in additional to other items.

Schilsky, a medical oncologist at the University of Chicago, is quoted by AFP as stating of the need for such a measure, “We are never exactly sure when a generic drug is suddenly going to go out of supply and that creates a tremendous amount of uncertainty, anxiety for our patients, (and) great difficulty in planning if you are a physician.”

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