The House Oversight Subcommittee on Health Care will hold a hearing tomorrow to examine the causes behind the shortages of more than 200 older generic drugs that are usually sold at slim profit margins. The shortages have caused patients to miss or delay chemotherapy, as well as to receive inferior antibiotics, anesthetics and intravenous nutrition. The drug shortages have also contributed to clinical mistakes when patients received medicines that prescribers were unaccustomed to using. And it’s led to hospitals rationing some medicines, and patients waiting on long lists for key drugs.
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