President Obama Issues Executive Order on Drug Shortages

On October 31, 2011, President Obama issued an Executive Order in an effort to prevent drug shortages and price fixing on life-saving prescription drugs. According to the Executive Order, the number of prescription drug shortages in the United States nearly tripled between 2005 and 2010, and shortages are becoming more severe, as well as more frequent. The affected drugs include cancer treatments, anesthesia drugs and other drugs that are critical to the treatment and prevention of serious diseases and life-threatening conditions.

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