Sens. Seek Study On DEA Role In Emergency Drug Shortages

Law360, New York (May 7, 2012, 6:56 PM EDT) -- A pair of Republican U.S. senators on Thursday asked the Government Accountability Office to investigate whether efforts by federal agents to crack down on illicit use of pharmaceuticals are inadvertently contributing to shortages of drugs administered by emergency medical providers.

Sens. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., say they're worried about reports that emergency rooms have insufficient quantities of tranquilizers for treatment of seizures and painkillers for patients in physical agony.

In a letter to the GAO, the lawmakers zero in on quotas established by...
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