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AskGAOLive: Prescription Drug Shortages

Posted on February 12, 2014

Prescription drug shortages have led to harmful patient outcomes in recent years. Join us for a chat with GAO Health Care team director Marcia Crosse on prescription drug shortages on February 12, 2014 at 2:00pm ET. You can send us your questions in advance via email or on Twitter using #AskGAOLive.

Over the last decade, an increasing number of prescription drugs—including life-saving and life-sustaining drugs—have been in short supply. If drug shortages prevent health care providers and patients from accessing essential medications, the consequences can include prolonged illness, permanent injury, and even death. GAO examined recent drug shortages and the progress the Food and Drug Administration has made in addressing them.

Update: see a video of the live chat below:

GAO: AskGAOLive Chat on Prescription Drug Shortages


For more:

  • Listen to our podcast with Marcia Crosse on public health threats associated with drug shortages.
  • Read our report or testimony on drug shortages.