FDA Works to Lessen Drug Shortage Impact

Last year, the number of drug shortages in the U.S. reached a record high, and the medicine scarcities have continued at a rapid pace in 2011. The shortages include cancer drugs, anesthetics used in surgery, and “sterile injectables”–medicines given by injection or intravenously. There have also been shortages of medicines that Americans take by mouth each day. The Food and Drug Administration is doing what it can to prevent and lessen the severity of the shortages, so patients can continue to receive the medicines they need. To find out what to do if your medicine is in short supply, visit http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm258152.htm.