Over the last decade, an increasing number of prescription drugs—including life-saving and life-sustaining drugs—have been in short supply. If drug shortages prevent health care providers and patients from accessing essential medications, the consequences can include prolonged illness, permanent injury, and even death. GAO examined recent drug shortages and the progress the Food and Drug Administration has made in addressing them. Marcia Crosse, a director in GAO’s Health Care team, will discuss the findings of GAO’s examination and answer questions. To view the full report, titled, Drug Shortages: Public Health Threat Continues Despite Efforts to Help Ensure Product Availability (report number GAO-14-194), visit http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-194.
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