Medically Necessary: Shoring up the pharmaceutical supply chain

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration scientist evaluates beads used for coating a controlled-release generic drug. (Credit: FDA photo by Michael J. Ermarth)

The problem: Drug shortages have plagued the U.S. for years, but the scarcity of certain drugs during the pandemic energized some experts to renew efforts to address the problem. 

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration currently lists more than 100 drug shortages, mostly for cheap, injectable drugs.


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