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AMA, ASHP Discuss Drug Shortages With HHS

Cheryl A. Thompson

Staff of the American Medical Association (AMA) and ASHP met with the Health and Human Services (HHS) assistant secretary for health and the Food and Drug Administration deputy commissioner Wednesday to discuss drug shortages and ask for federal assistance in resolving the problem.

AMA’s Michael D. Maves, M.D., M.B.A., and ASHP’s Henri R. Manasse Jr., Ph.D., Sc.D., communicated the concerns—for public health and patient safety—that physicians and health-system pharmacists have regarding the ongoing shortages of pharmaceuticals in the United States. The association chief executives also reviewed the potential solutions proposed by attendees of a stakeholders’ meeting (PDF) on drug shortages held in July 2002 and convened by AMA and ASHP.

Wednesday’s meeting with Assistant Secretary Eve Slater, M.D., and Deputy Commissioner Lester Crawford, D.V.M., Ph.D., occurred at HHS headquarters in Washington, D.C.