With the US staring down several drug shortages this year, one in particular is now catching lawmakers’ attention.
A bipartisan group of senators sent a letter to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra and FDA commissioner Robert Califf expressng “strong concern” about the amoxicillin shortage for patients and general public health. Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ed Markey (D-MA) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) are pushing for FDA and HHS to start working more forcefully to address the amoxicillin shortage along with the other drug shortages.
The letter says, in part:
We urge the Department of Health and Human Services and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to convene the Drug Shortage Task Force and work with stakeholders, including providers, on identifying factors and potential solutions to mitigating the amoxicillin shortage. Further, we request an update on FDA initiatives to prevent and mitigate drug shortages.
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