There is a short supply of infectious disease medications with many reports of patient harm as a result and can be life threatening.
The shortages can be life-threatening in infectious diseases because there are some drugs for which it is hard to find an alternative, the researchers note. The study was published in the January 19 Clinical Infectious Diseases edition. Although the largest number of infectious disease drugs in short supply are antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and other infectious disease drugs also have appeared on the shortage list in recent years, the researchers have found.
The United States Congress is contemplating new bills that would force the drug companies to tell the FDA about expected shortages. Another bill, introduced February 1, would require the agency to speed up review of drugs proposed for approval that could help ease shortages, and force the US Drug Enforcement Agency to ease regulations on controlled substances in short supply, such as Adderall to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. There have also been cancer medications that have run out of supply as well.
This is also happening at the same time as infectious diseases are developing resistances to commonly prescribed medications like antibiotics and the number of new drugs are declining. The article in the Clinical Infectious Diseases edition list some alternatives doctors can prescribe.
Is the drug shortages because of lack of manufacturing by the drug companies or the over regulation of the FDA? Each blames each other. Who do you think is to blame and what can be done?