Yesterday the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a report to help understand the causes of drug shortages in the United States and recommended extending drug expiration dates and considering different drug contracting approaches, among other steps toward solutions.

The report, “Drug Shortages: Root Causes and Potential Solutions,” was completed by an inter-agency Drug Shortages Task Force, whose experts looked at the 163 drugs that went into shortage from 2013 to 2017 in the United States.

‘Broken marketplace’

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