Obama Orders FDA Crackdown On Drug Shortages, Gouging

Law360, New York (October 31, 2011, 4:34 PM EDT) -- President Barack Obama on Monday ordered federal regulators to crack down on drug shortages and speed up reviews to prevent them — and to investigate whether shortages have spurred suppliers to stockpile or charge excessive prices for life-saving medicines.

The executive order mandates that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration require drug makers to provide advance notice if they are discontinuing drugs that could be in short supply. Under the order, the FDA will also review whether shortages have led to stockpiling or price gouging and will...
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