Physicians Group Blames Drug Shortages On GPOs.

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Heather Swift‘s insight:


Medscape (1/25, Nelson) reports that although “a number of reasons have been cited” for the ongoing drug shortages, the Physicians Against Drug Shortages lays the blame “firmly at the feet of group purchasing organizations (GPOs),” arguing that the “real reason for the current situation is that there is no free market for drugs, medical devices, or healthcare supplies” in the US. PADS Director Phillip L. Zweig says the recent meningitis outbreak “is a direct result of this crisis.” According to Zweig, drugs shortages are causing physicians to turn to specialty pharmacies and the “increasing demand” is spurring many compounders to produce greater quantities of drugs than is allowable under FDA guidelines.

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