Record High Drug Shortages in the US

Published on: April 06, 2023.

The United States is facing an increasing number of drug shortages, which a recent Senate report frames as a national security threat. The drugs in short supply range from medications for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), antibiotics, and IV saline, to children’s flu medications. The consequences for patients and health care providers are devastating. In addition, drug affordability continues to be a concern, with nearly 1,000 drugs experiencing price increases so far this year.

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Senate report: “Short Supply: The Health and National Security Risks of Drug Shortages,” United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs, Chairman Gary Peters, HSGAC Majority Staff Report, March 2023.


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