FDA Acts on Drug Shortages

By Mike McEvoy

The U.S. Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) announced October 31, 2013 that the agency has taken two steps expected to help reduce critical drug shortages.

The agency is building on a strategic plan designed to address the underlying causes of shortages and has issued a proposed rule that would require manufacturers of certain drugs to provide the FDA with advance notification of manufacturing changes or discontinuance that might interrupt drug supplies.

The FDA announcement and further details are available at www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm373044.htm.

MIKE McEVOY, PhD, NRP, RN, CCRN is the EMS Coordinator for Saratoga County, NY and the Fire Engineering EMS editor. He is a professor emeritus of critical care medicine at Albany Medical College in New York and continues to practice as a clinical nurse specialist in the Cardiac Surgical ICUs at Albany Medical Center. Mike is a paramedic for Clifton Park & Halfmoon Ambulance and the Chief Medical Officer for West Crescent Fire Department. He is a Board Member of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs and a popular speaker at Fire, EMS, and medical conference worldwide.

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