A.S.P.E.N. Endorses New Drug Shortage Prevention Act
On January 31, 2012, U.S. Representatives John Carney (D-DE) and Larry Bucshon (R-IN) introduced the Drug Shortage Prevention Act to address the scarcity of certain pharmaceutical drugs—and those specific to parenteral nutrition---in the marketplace.
The new legislation (H.R.3839), which A.S.P.E.N. endorses, mandates expedited review of drugs vulnerable to shortage in order to prevent shortages in the first place and it requires the FDA to a use more refined regulatory process that addresses manufacturing problems without instigating drug shortages. Two additional bills, S. 296 entitled “Preserving Access to Life Saving Medications Act” and its companion bill, H.R. 2245 “Preserving Access to Life-Saving Medications Act of 2011” were introduced last year.
A.S.P.E.N. members and constituents are encouraged to contact their legislators to express support for these bills.