US facing serious shortage of drugs

This is mind blowing and I have no way to reconcile it:

“…And it’s not just cancer drugs. There are more than 200 drugs on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s shortage list — including antibiotics, nausea medication and drugs to treat high blood pressure. The number of drugs on the list has tripled in the last five year…”.

As bad as that might be- it only gets worse:

“….Injectable drugs are more susceptible to shortages and recalls because the manufacturing and storage process is more complex, along with the greater potential for contamination. They’re also more expensive to make than oral medications, with a lower profit margin for companies.

“There’s no real incentive for manufacturers to make them,” Seaton said.

The shortage of cancer drugs extends to those used in clinical research trials. Often, scientists perform trials on existing drugs to try to find applications for other diseases, or more effective dosages for the same types of cancers…”.

US facing serious shortage of drugs

It was only a couple of days ago that I posted a clip on the Department of Justice sponsoring a voluntary recall of excess drugs where they got some 200 tons of pills. Something is totally out of sync here.

The only thing that comes to mind here is that the price of the drugs is kept so articialy low by both insurers and medicare/caid that the manufactures don’t have the incentive to produce them and then who pays?

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