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Canada’s generics and brand-name pharma come together to tackle drug shortages

Canada’s Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D) and the Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association (CGPA) announced on 12 March 2012 their commitment and financial support in responding urgently to prescription drug shortages.

Greece drug shortages

A severe drug shortage is threatening to undermine the health and welfare of Greek citizens as prescription drugs and even basic over-the-counter medicines are in increasingly short supply. Even finding common drugs such as Aspirin has become a major problem in Greece.

Score lines won’t delay generics

In an attempt to delay generics competition, Irish pharma company Warner Chilcott had added a second line or score to its Doryx (doxycycline hyclate) tablet. On 8 February 2012, FDA however denied the company’s citizen petition demanding that generic versions should also have the two score lines.

UK drug shortages are far from being solved

Despite attempts to solve problems with shortages of brand-name medicines in the UK, the issue is taking up more of pharmacists’ time, is far from being solved and may be getting worse according to an online stock survey carried out by pharmacists organisation Chemist+Druggist.

Drug shortage woes continue in the UK

Despite attempts to solve problems with shortages of brand-name medicines in the UK, the issue is far from beings resolved. The latest news is that the UK’s wholesalers have called for a ‘third-party monitoring and survey service’ to help tackle medicines shortages, while the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) is calling for sanctions on pharmacists that act as wholesalers.

Shortages of ADHD drugs expected during 2012

Drugs used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are in such short supply that FDA has reported that it receives hundreds of complaints from patients unable to fill their prescriptions.

UK drug shortages continue to affect pharmacists and patients

Shortages of brand-name medicines are as much of a problem in 2011 as they were in 2010, according to a survey by the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC).

Hospira’s manufacturing troubles may add to drug shortages

Injectable generics specialist, Hospira, is under scrutiny again regarding drug shortages caused by its continuing lack of compliance with FDA requirements. In fact, one analyst from The Wall Street believes that the company has production problems that require long-term attention and that could lead to it receiving a consent decree from FDA.

Biosimilars and cancer drug shortages in Europe

With all the talk about drug shortages in the US it might be easy to forget the rest of the world, but it seems that drug shortages are also hitting European countries and are affecting not just generics, but also biosimilars.

Members of parliament to hold inquiry into UK drug shortages

On 21 November 2011, a group of UK members of parliament (MPs) announced that they will hold a full-scale inquiry into the continuing problem of drug shortages within the National Health Service (NHS).

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