President Obama Issues Executive Order To Ease Shortages in Vital Medicines

Empty BottleWhatever Obama does, the Republicans will say it’s the wrong thing to do … but wouldn’t it be something if he dealt with the root of the problem (Big Pharma)? Lara Salahi reports for ABC News:

While many advocates say President Obama’s executive order to reduce a dire shortage of life-saving hospital medications is an essential step, others say the order is not enough to stop price gouging by some pharmaceutical companies.

Essential cancer drugs have arguably taken the hardest hit. Hospitals have reported the worst shortage in nearly a decade of chemotherapy agents like doxorubicin.

The new order instructs the Food and Drug Administration to broaden reporting of potential drug shortages, expedite regulatory reviews that can help prevent shortages, and examine whether potential shortages have led to price gouging. The drug shortage has compromised or delayed care for some patients and may have led to otherwise preventable deaths.

Christopher W. Hansen, president of the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network, applauded today’s order, saying in a statement that it would “allow government, industry, providers and the public to more systematically analyze and understand the causes of specific drug shortages as they occur, and to develop real-time solutions that are also needed to address the acute problems that cancer patients live with daily.”

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27 Comments on "President Obama Issues Executive Order To Ease Shortages in Vital Medicines"

  1. E.B. Wolf | Nov 1, 2011 at 1:07 am |

    Chemo Schmemo. What’s he going to do about the Percocet shortage?

  2. E.B. Wolf | Oct 31, 2011 at 9:07 pm |

    Chemo Schmemo. What’s he going to do about the Percocet shortage?

  3. DeepCough | Nov 1, 2011 at 1:37 am |

    Hey, here’s an Executive Order that would ease shortages in vital medicines for people who have cancer: STOP RAIDING DISPENSARIES!

  4. DeepCough | Oct 31, 2011 at 9:37 pm |

    Hey, here’s an Executive Order that would ease shortages in vital medicines for people who have cancer: STOP RAIDING DISPENSARIES!

  5. Anonymous | Nov 1, 2011 at 1:52 am |

    Just like a politician. They always think that they can defy reality by making demands and laws. May as well pass a law that it MUST rain in Texas once a week, or that the sun mustn’t set before 6pm anywhere. It’s called grandstanding and it means nothing.

  6. seanooski | Oct 31, 2011 at 9:52 pm |

    Just like a politician. They always think that they can defy reality by making demands and laws. May as well pass a law that it MUST rain in Texas once a week, or that the sun mustn’t set before 6pm anywhere. It’s called grandstanding and it means nothing.

  7. Anonymous | Nov 1, 2011 at 3:27 am |

    Or the tweakers from the Adderall shortage?

  8. Anonymous | Nov 1, 2011 at 4:08 am |

    He talks from both sides of his mouth.

  9. He talks from both sides of his mouth.

  10. FallingAwake | Nov 1, 2011 at 1:59 pm |

    Legalize marijuana

  11. FallingAwake | Nov 1, 2011 at 9:59 am |

    Legalize marijuana

  12. Obamanation | Nov 2, 2011 at 3:52 am |

    Find out which companies and what drugs.   I’ll bet Obama has stock in these companies already….and probably betting the farm on them…  getting a nice 700 million dollar or more contract via the government couldn’t hurt share prices much.  Would be nice to know which major Pharmaceutical Corp greased Obama’s pocket.  We already know Chase Bankrolled his election campaign… This will be a nice severance package for Obama cause I have serious doubts about his re-election. 

  13. Obamanation | Nov 2, 2011 at 3:52 am |

    Find out which companies and what drugs.   I’ll bet Obama has stock in these companies already….and probably betting the farm on them…  getting a nice 700 million dollar or more contract via the government couldn’t hurt share prices much.  Would be nice to know which major Pharmaceutical Corp greased Obama’s pocket.  We already know Chase Bankrolled his election campaign… This will be a nice severance package for Obama cause I have serious doubts about his re-election. 

  14. Obamanation | Nov 1, 2011 at 11:52 pm |

    Find out which companies and what drugs.   I’ll bet Obama has stock in these companies already….and probably betting the farm on them…  getting a nice 700 million dollar or more contract via the government couldn’t hurt share prices much.  Would be nice to know which major Pharmaceutical Corp greased Obama’s pocket.  We already know Chase Bankrolled his election campaign… This will be a nice severance package for Obama cause I have serious doubts about his re-election. 

    • Vegemiteparadise | Nov 1, 2011 at 11:55 pm |

      The republicans think it’s the wrong thing to do.  Yeah right.  They are all in on too. 

      • i think this article is saying that companies are holding back on the supply to up the demand. What stock is going to raise becuase gov tells them to kill thier demand. I must metion this, a demand basied on strategic death.

  15. Vegemiteparadise | Nov 2, 2011 at 3:55 am |

    The republicans think it’s the wrong thing to do.  Yeah right.  They are all in on too. 

  16. so no idea why?

  17. so no idea why?

  18. i think this article is saying that companies are holding back on the supply to up the demand. What stock is going to raise becuase gov tells them to kill thier demand. I must metion this, a demand basied on strategic death.

  19. i think this article is saying that companies are holding back on the supply to up the demand. What stock is going to raise becuase gov tells them to kill thier demand. I must metion this, a demand basied on strategic death.

  20. i think this article is saying that companies are holding back on the supply to up the demand. What stock is going to raise becuase gov tells them to kill thier demand. I must metion this, a demand basied on strategic death.

  21. this was to obamanation

  22. this was to obamanation

  23. this was to obamanation

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