FDA Reports Drug Shortages Recorded in 2010

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The American Nurses Association Dept. of Nursing Practice and Policy provides the following information received from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA):

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that, in 2010, there were 178 drug shortages recorded at the Agency. In 2011, FDA has continued to see an increasing number of shortages, especially those involving older sterile injectable drugs, including cancer drugs, anesthetics for surgery, drugs for emergency medicine, and electrolytes for intravenous feeding. President Obama has directed the FDA to address the ongoing shortages of critical drugs. The executive order requires the FDA to “use all appropriate administrative tools” to resolve the problem. FDA has issued a report on the causes of drug shortages and another on its approaches to mitigate future shortages.