ACCC Urges Faster Congressional Action to Confront Drug Shortage Crisis

ACCC Urges Faster Congressional Action to Confront Drug Shortage Crisis

The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) joined 31 other medical organizations in urging House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton to move forward with legislation to combat the drug shortage crisis. While acknowledging that drug shortages cannot be solved by Congressional action alone, ACCC and the other organizations urged Representative Upton in a letter to take action now.

Look no further than the recent methotrexate shortage as evidence that this issue can no longer be ignored, as children with otherwise treatable cancer face being without treatment options…the time to take action is now as our patients simply cannot wait any longer.”

The communication from the drug shortage stakeholders requested that the Committee move forward with legislation that includes: developing an early warning system for production disruption or discontinuation, requiring manufacturers to have contingency plans for raw materials suppliers, encouraging redundancies in manufacturing, requiring collaboration between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to offer flexibility for product development and raw material quotas and establishing incentives for manufacturers.

In addition to ACCC, the American College of Surgeons, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, among others, were all signatories to the letter.

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