The Reasons for And Solutions to Chronic Drug Shortages in The United States

One of the more vexing and troubling public health policy issue that has plagued the US pharma industry, yet receiving less deserving public news coverage than other industry stories, has been the existence of chronic drug shortages since the turn of the 21st century. A drug shortage is defined in which the “total supply of all clinically interchangeable versions of an FDA-regulated drug is inadequate to meet the current or projected demand at the patient level.” While the annual number has dropped since the peak year of 2011, the issue of chronic drug shortages still persists, despite attempts by the FDA and federal legislation to remedy the problem. Drug shortages continue to be severe enough to potentially cause adverse effects on patients, changes in treatment that result in suboptimal care, and higher costs to the healthcare system.

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King, an S&P 500 Index company, is a vertically integrated branded pharmaceutical company that develops, manufactures and markets therapies and technologies primarily in specialty-driven markets including neuroscience, hospital and acute care medicines.

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WILL PHARMA COMMIT TO DELIVERING AFFORDABLE THERAPEUTICS AGAINST COVID-19?

whitePaper | April 8, 2020

EPHA is a change agent – Europe’s leading NGO alliance advocating for better health. We are a dynamic member-led organisation, made up of public health civil society, patient groups, health professionals, and disease groups working together to improve health and strengthen the voice of public health in Europe.

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Defragmenting Data for the Future of Pharma R&D

whitePaper | November 7, 2019

This in-depth paper will show you how to become data agile – tackling both technological issues and solutions, and the cultural and strategic framework needed around this to ensure success.

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Application Notes & Whitepapers 2019

whitePaper | December 19, 2019

Welcome to European Pharmaceutical Review’s Application Notes & Whitepapers Supplement 2019. This year’s topics range from analytical techniques for bioprocess investigation, host cell protein analysis and Raman imaging to advice on outsourcing services for product characterisation.

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A Vision for the Global Generic and Biosimilar Medicines Industry

whitePaper | May 22, 2021

One of the key roles of the generic and biosimilar medicines industry is specifically to promote the widest possible access to affordable medicines with high quality, safety, and efficacy for patients globally by introducing competition into the markets. Despite the many hurdles, the generic medicines companies have clearly lived up to the challenges posed by the pandemic as it is an industry that is quick to adapt and agile in manufacturing scale-up. During the outbreak of COVID-19, this industry was providing most of the medicines needed in Intensive Care Units to ventilate critically ill COVID patients. It is also providing most of the quality medicines dispensed around the world, especially for increasingly prevalent chronic diseases and is therefore a strong contributor to health outcomes globally.

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Access to medicinal products

whitePaper | January 3, 2022

There are many factors that can prevent a patient from being able to obtain the medicine they need, ranging from selective marketing decisions by companies to products being too expensive or pharmacy stock-outs

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Paving the way for pharma R&D to use FAIR data

whitePaper | December 16, 2019

The use of FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) data in drug discovery and development could be transformational. But the pharma industry has been slow to embrace FAIR data — partially because of difficulties in establishing the necessary infrastructure and because of internal culture.

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King Pharmaceuticals

King, an S&P 500 Index company, is a vertically integrated branded pharmaceutical company that develops, manufactures and markets therapies and technologies primarily in specialty-driven markets including neuroscience, hospital and acute care medicines.

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