What’s behind the prescription drug shortage?

President Obama has signed an executive order instructing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to address a growing shortage of prescription drugs that are used to treat cancer patients, heart attack victims, and other ill people. The shortages have reached record levels and include some of the most commonly used drugs used in hospitals, according to this article. The move raises the question of why there never seem to be any shortages of highly addictive, powerful narcotics with a high potential for abuse. Cancer patients are being shorted on life-saving treatments while commonly diverted drugs like OxyContin are a dime-a-dozen on the streets? Something is seriously wrong with this picture.

About Erin Marie Daly

I’m a freelance journalist based in San Francisco. My book on prescription drug and heroin addiction was published in August 2014 by Counterpoint Press.
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One Response to What’s behind the prescription drug shortage?

  1. Mary says:

    Actually there is a shortage of pain meds I am sick and have been on pain meds for a couple years they are the reason I am still alive I am sorry that someone used them illegaly and harmed your brother with them. That i the reason I beleive my pharmacy and all others in my area run outof my pain meds. At my doctors office I see several people laughing and crossing there legs without any.pain and it makes me wonder if they are one of the people responsible for oxycontin being more of a street drug than a prescriptiin drug. Sorry for messy words writting on a phone isnt easy .

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