Drug Shortages: Threat to Public Health Persists, Despite Actions to Help Maintain Product Availability

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Testimony issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The number of drug shortages remains high. Although reports of new drug shortages declined in 2012, the total number of shortages active during a given year—including both new shortages reported and ongoing shortages that began in a prior year—has increased since 2007. Many shortages are of generic sterile injectable drugs. Provider association representatives reported that drug shortages may force providers to ration care or face difficulties finding alternative drugs."

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United States. Government Accountability Office. February 10, 2014.

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Testimony issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The number of drug shortages remains high. Although reports of new drug shortages declined in 2012, the total number of shortages active during a given year—including both new shortages reported and ongoing shortages that began in a prior year—has increased since 2007. Many shortages are of generic sterile injectable drugs. Provider association representatives reported that drug shortages may force providers to ration care or face difficulties finding alternative drugs."

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United States. Government Accountability Office. Drug Shortages: Threat to Public Health Persists, Despite Actions to Help Maintain Product Availability, text, February 10, 2014; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc296952/: accessed August 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.