October 31st, 2011
12:49 PM ET

Obama tackles drug shortages, prices

President Barack Obama will sign an executive order Monday designed to help reduce a growing number of prescription drug shortages while protecting patients from possible pharmaceutical industry price gouging.

Among other things, the order requires the Food and Drug Administration to increase its reporting of possible shortages of certain prescription drugs, while also speeding up regulatory reviews of new drug manufacturing sites, drug suppliers and manufacturing changes.

The Justice Department will be tasked with examining whether specific drug shortages are tied to an intentional stockpiling of medications designed to raise prices.

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  1. s kel

    d e a i think is a part oh homeland security now.

    October 31, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Imglad

    Yes shortages on Lortad and oxycoten are beconing quite serious. stats say it all less overdoses are becoming evident. action needs to be taken immediatly.

    November 1, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. noemi

    this is due to the Dr. Giving the crap out like candy.Rx drugs r what the junkies r looking 4 now its easer 2 get than st. Drugs.Go to your local dr and complain about any kind of pain and there u go.Now some dr r innocent not many but there is some.kids start out in momand dads bathroom now because of allof them they the dr r affarid to give it up.that is who the dea should go after.put if these dr get busted 90 percent only get a slap on the ass.And move on to there next victims.no shortages of anything the drug comp.are hording all the meds so they can have more money in there pockets.

    November 1, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. slider

    Is Obama on drugs? Will this make it easier for him to get them. Some of his decisions sure are dopey.

    November 3, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Greg, Ontario

    OMG! A politician in America trying to keep a campaign promise??? No way, don't stand for it America! Hospitals and insurance companies letting people die because they don't have enough money. Doctors wanting millions of dollars a year. Shortages in medications and the ones you have are so over priced it's disgusting. Best health care on the planet my butt.

    November 4, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dee

    heres a big one waste i have had to get rid of full bottles of meds, i wonder about the danger of reusing them. i think if it dose not work you should trun it back to phamacy it would also help stop drug abusers . im welling the waste is very large.

    November 5, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
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