MSNJ Seeks Action on Critical Drug Shortages

MNSJ members recognized the increasing number of  drug shortages occurring in America and sought the support of the AMA on this issue. AMA has been tracking the issue for some years, but the shortages have now become more common and include vital and life sustaining drugs for which there may be no substitutes. To address this issue MSNJ leadership passed a resolution that will require the AMA to support federal legislation and regulations to address the shortages. The resolution seeks action to ensure continuity of supply of vital and life sustaining medications and vaccines. It aslo seeks penalties for non-compliance.  MSNJ will introduce this resolution, as an urgent matter, during the AMA Interim Meeting in November and ask for its action plan at the AMA’s 2012 Annual Meeting.

The President recently executed an Executive Order to address the critical drug shortages in America. With this attention and the advocacy efforts of organized medicine we are confident that the issue will be addressed.

Read the FDA’s report and letter to industry.

About MSNJ

Founded in 1766, the Medical Society of New Jersey is the oldest professional society in the United States. The organization and its dues-paying members are dedicated to a healthy New Jersey, working to ensure the sanctity of the physician–patient relationship. In representing all medical disciplines, MSNJ advocates for the rights of patients and physicians alike, for the delivery of the highest quality medical care. This allows response to the patients’ individual, varied needs, in an ethical and compassionate environment, in order to create a healthy Garden State and healthy citizens.

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