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New Drug Shortages Decline in U.S. on Greater Scrutiny

(Bloomberg) New drug shortages decreased in the U.S. as the Food and Drug Administration stepped up its vigilance on the issue, government auditors said...
Manufacturing issues cause most shortages, with suppliers slowing or halting production when they experience quality problems, according to the report. A law passed in July 2012 gave the FDA new powers to address shortages, including requiring manufacturers to give the agency six months’ notice if they plan to discontinue drugs or halt production.
The agency also was given flexibility to consider the impact of shortages as it regulates manufacturers, and expedite approvals of new drugs that can replace medicines in shortage.
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