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Obama Orders FDA to Reduce Drug Shortages (Executive Order)
FoxNews.com ^ | October 31, 2011 | unattributed

Posted on 10/31/2011 1:56:39 PM PDT by Hunton Peck

Acting once again without Congress, President Obama on Monday was directing the Food and Drug Administration to take steps to reduce drug shortages that administration officials say have placed patients at risk and led to price gouging.

The president signed an executive order -- his fifth in a week -- instructing the FDA to take action absent congressional approval.

Last year, the FDA reported 178 drug shortages -- mainly cancer drugs, anesthetics, electrolytes and emergency room drugs -- and the agency says it continues to see an increase in shortages this year. The White House also announced Obama's support for House and Senate legislation that would require drug makers to notify the FDA six months ahead of a potential shortage. Under current regulations, drug manufactures are only required to notify the FDA if medically necessary drugs are being discontinued. Notification of shortages is strictly voluntary.

In remarks before he signed the order, Obama said drug shortages have nearly tripled over the past five years while Congress has foundered.

"Even though the FDA has successfully prevented an actual crisis, this is one of those slow-rolling problems that could end up resulting in disaster for patients and health care facilities all across the country," he said. "Congress has been trying since February to do something about this. It has not yet been able to get it done. And it is the belief of this administration ... that we can't wait for action on the Hill."

The executive action is part of an overarching push by the White House to portray Obama, who is facing ...

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Couldn't find any info in the article on how the FDA is supposed to do this, but I'm guessing it's not by any common-sense approach like reducing regulations, shortening approval times, or anything else that might actually be effective.

More likely, it's just another way to make noise about a supposed failure of capitalism.

1 posted on 10/31/2011 1:56:43 PM PDT by Hunton Peck
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To: Hunton Peck

Zer0 needs to start working on his rabbit-out-of-a-hat skillz.


2 posted on 10/31/2011 1:58:10 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Hunton Peck

To borrow from Milton Friedman:

If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand.


3 posted on 10/31/2011 1:58:17 PM PDT by ConjunctionJunction
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To: Hunton Peck

Right after he orders the sea levels to subside.


4 posted on 10/31/2011 1:59:49 PM PDT by denydenydeny (The moment you step into a world of facts, you step into a world of limits. --Chesterton)
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To: Hunton Peck

Hooray! We’re saved! He loves us! He really loves us!


5 posted on 10/31/2011 2:01:24 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Hunton Peck
In remarks before he signed the order, Obama said drug shortages have nearly tripled over the past five years while Congress has foundered.

The past five years? Well, who's been running Congress for the past five year? Republicans have been running it for less than a year now. Who was running it before?

6 posted on 10/31/2011 2:02:40 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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In remarks before he signed the order, Obama said drug shortages have nearly tripled

Nearly tripled? Interesting. Show me the math.

7 posted on 10/31/2011 2:03:27 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Hunton Peck

most likely by issuing “Emrgency Orders” ending the patent rights of drugs declared to be “Critical, and in shortage.”, meaning the company hasn’t paid enough to the Democrats...


8 posted on 10/31/2011 2:03:41 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: Hunton Peck
"Last year, the FDA reported 178 drug shortages -- mainly cancer drugs, anesthetics, electrolytes and emergency room drugs -- and the agency says it continues to see an increase in shortages this year"

I don't know if this is true or not, but it seems to me we're not far away from being third world.

9 posted on 10/31/2011 2:07:49 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: denydenydeny
Obama Orders FDA to Reduce Drug Shortages

I feel its kind of like how Mao ordered the Chinese bureaucracy to squeeze more grain out of the already starving peasants.

I command it be so!

10 posted on 10/31/2011 2:07:53 PM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: Texas Eagle

11 posted on 10/31/2011 2:09:25 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must...)
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To: Hunton Peck
Drop a ton of paperwork and red tap on the drug maker's heads. That'll be helpful.

The White House also announced Obama's support for House and Senate legislation that would require drug makers to notify the FDA six months ahead of a potential shortage. Under current regulations, drug manufactures are only required to notify the FDA if medically necessary drugs are being discontinued. Notification of shortages is strictly voluntary.

12 posted on 10/31/2011 2:13:47 PM PDT by DManA
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To: ConjunctionJunction

Something tells me we need less regulation, not more. He’s putting another burden on the drug companies, and an incentive to put capital elsewhere.


13 posted on 10/31/2011 2:13:51 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Moonman62

Yes, exactly.


14 posted on 10/31/2011 2:16:21 PM PDT by ConjunctionJunction
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To: Hunton Peck

With the stroke of a pen he just made my job far more difficult and time-consuming.


15 posted on 10/31/2011 2:17:26 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Hunton Peck

I read the story twice and I don’t see how he expects the FDA to do this. The old White House magic wand.


16 posted on 10/31/2011 2:17:31 PM PDT by DManA
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To: ConjunctionJunction

Hadn’t heard that one before—how true!


17 posted on 10/31/2011 2:18:49 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Hunton Peck

Altas Shrugs


18 posted on 10/31/2011 2:18:49 PM PDT by matt1234 (Bring back the HUAC.)
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To: Texas Eagle

In searching for earlier posts of this article, I found a flurry of stories from last Spring about drug shortages. It almost looks like there are WH people assigned to search through news archives and find “problems” that 0bama can pretend to do something about, to get his pathetic approval ratings up.


19 posted on 10/31/2011 2:18:57 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Hunton Peck

There will now be a shortage for sure.


20 posted on 10/31/2011 2:20:14 PM PDT by Clock King (Ellisworth Toohey was right: My head's gonna explode.)
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To: Hunton Peck

Does this mean Obama doesn’t think he has enough meds?


21 posted on 10/31/2011 2:21:13 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Hunton Peck

It’ll be interesting to see how they accomplish THAT! What are they going to do, hold drug makers at gunpoint 24/7 forcing them to produce? Are they going to call them “boy” as well?


22 posted on 10/31/2011 2:22:44 PM PDT by meyer (We will not sit down and shut up.)
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To: Cvengr

He concluded, somewhat awkwardly: “All right. With that, I’m going to sign this bill — or this executive order — excuse

LOL !!


23 posted on 10/31/2011 2:23:17 PM PDT by molson209
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To: meyer

You will make more meds and it will be your choice to make them and you will be happy about it! ?????


24 posted on 10/31/2011 2:26:58 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: meyer
What are they going to do, hold drug makers at gunpoint 24/7 forcing them to produce?

We talked about this at work today. The feds could declare this to be a national security issue and yes, force us to ramp up production. However, that's not going to do anything to solve the problem unless the FDA starts bending some rules on like-for-like components, especially APIs.

25 posted on 10/31/2011 2:31:27 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: meyer
Maybe FDA employees are supposed to roll up their sleeves and actually get to work, helping out in the labs and (pffth...) manuf (blpthhttt) manufacturing facilities... BWAAAAAHAHAHAHAAAA!

Sorry. I should've known I couldn't get through that with a straight face...

26 posted on 10/31/2011 2:32:43 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Hunton Peck

Don’t even joke about such a thing. That is a nightmare scenario which would essentially cripple pharma manufacturing in this country.


27 posted on 10/31/2011 2:34:26 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Hunton Peck

The MO is clear from past actions by the Obama Mob.

They’ll parcel out rights to drug patents from those drug companies not on the inner team, to those on the inner team. They make one or two BIG examples just to be “Big Dog”.

Some mid-size or small companies will be bankrupted. Unionized companies will be favored. I’m not sure of the degree of unionization in Pharma. I don’t think it is big.

In that case, watch for some of the inner Unions to march in and demand unionized work forces, even among professionals.

Also suspect patents will be let out to Indian and East African outfits, with the drugs allowed to be imported into the US.


28 posted on 10/31/2011 2:38:06 PM PDT by bvw
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To: Hunton Peck

Unless you are a total imbecilic, brain-dead, immoral, unethical zombie (and I realize there are still many out there) these “Executive Orders” and over reaching (around Congress), only show Obama’s true colors and how out of control and far removed, from the Constitution, that he is.

I, for one, don’t care if the EO says, gives authority, or helps people who truly need it.....Executive Orders are not Constitutional and THIS president, more than any other in History, has WAY WAY over used and over-reached his Executive Power.

He SO needs to be behind bars....like YESTERDAY!!!


29 posted on 10/31/2011 2:38:57 PM PDT by Lucky9teen (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.~Thomas Jeffer)
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To: Hunton Peck

Where does te FDA have their manufacturing plants?


30 posted on 10/31/2011 2:39:03 PM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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In remarks before he signed the order, Obama said drug shortages have nearly tripled over the past five years while Congress has foundered...

Let's see...Hussein's cult has controlled the Congress 50 of the last 60 months....and in FACT, during that time, (the first two or so of those five years) Hussein himself was part of that Congress!

So the BULK of the problem lies with Hussein and his cult--who had control of the Congress for all of the last 5 years...except for these last 10 months, when the Congress has been trying to deal with Hussein's debt.

31 posted on 10/31/2011 2:39:05 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: bvw
I’m not sure of the degree of unionization in Pharma. I don’t think it is big.

Miniscule. The unions have no leverage. In 21 years in Big Pharma, I have yet to see anything but excellent salaries and benefits at all levels of the industry.

32 posted on 10/31/2011 2:41:54 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Texas Eagle

When he says stuff like that it just shows how stupid they think his voter base is that they won’t figure out who was in charge in Congress. They want to keep them down too!


33 posted on 10/31/2011 2:42:58 PM PDT by tutstar
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To: Proud2BeRight
Where does te FDA have their manufacturing plants?

Believe me, with the attitudes of some FDA inspectors, they act like the plants are theirs. We went so far as to give them their own permanent dedicated office and conference room for their sometimes two week fishing expeditions at our facility.

34 posted on 10/31/2011 2:46:37 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81

What do you think of my predictive speculations, all in all?


35 posted on 10/31/2011 2:52:55 PM PDT by bvw
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To: buccaneer81

Do you think there’s even a snowball’s chance of that nightmare coming true?


36 posted on 10/31/2011 2:56:49 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: DManA
I am a pharmacist, The statement about drug shortages is correct. What Obama does not say is the shortages are mostly a result of the drug manufactures trying to comply with rules and regs issued by the Federal Government. Some plants were closed that needed closing due to quality control problems. Most of the closings are a function of paper work and technicalities.
37 posted on 10/31/2011 2:59:53 PM PDT by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Mud Man, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist. THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR!)
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To: Hunton Peck
I've been warning people a take over of the pharmaceutical company was next.

Right now, the left wing trial lawyers are driving up litigation costs. That cost will be passed on to the consumer. Soon, medicine will become unaffordable, and the "left wing saviors" will "have no choice" but to get involved.
This is how they got the schools, health care, housing, banks, and part of the auto industry (foreign and Ford refused their bait).

The liberal MO---


Manufacture a crises.
(make medicine unavailable through legislation, then unaffordable).

Wait for the people to cry out for relief.
(Oh no!I can't afford my medicine anymore! There isn't enough!).

Blame an opponent.
(in this case: big Pharmaceutical needs to be controlled by an 'emergency' executive order! OMG!).

Come in with a "new way" (socialism/communism) and take over the industry because the "old way" (capitalism/liberty) didn't work!
("People could DIE!!!!")

38 posted on 10/31/2011 3:04:45 PM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: bvw
What do you think of my predictive speculations, all in all?

All right on target, aside from the unionization; instead, the criteria will be campaign money from the companies. But all the rest of your predictions are very plausible.

39 posted on 10/31/2011 3:08:07 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Hunton Peck
The article states.....

The FDA does not have authority to force drug makers to continue production of a drug.

They forgot to say, "For now....."

40 posted on 10/31/2011 3:09:03 PM PDT by edpc (My silence IS an answer)
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Do you think there’s even a snowball’s chance of that nightmare coming true?

How many executive orders can this dictator issue?

In all seriousness, the FDA can do this right now as "observers." They'd just start giving "suggestions" if Obama signed the papers.

41 posted on 10/31/2011 3:12:34 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Hunton Peck

For his next Executive Order, President Obama the Almighty will command the flood tide to ebb.


42 posted on 10/31/2011 3:13:51 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs (Does beheading qualify as 'breaking my back', in the Jeffersonian sense of the expression?)
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To: buccaneer81

“Believe me, with the attitudes of some FDA inspectors, they act like the plants are theirs.”

I am not surprised. There are so many control organizations in the government these days much of a company’s resources has to be to be eaten by government meddling.


43 posted on 10/31/2011 3:14:12 PM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: Hunton Peck

For his next Executive Order, President Obama the Almighty will command the flood tide to ebb.


44 posted on 10/31/2011 3:17:17 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs (Does beheading qualify as 'breaking my back', in the Jeffersonian sense of the expression?)
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To: Hunton Peck

Why are we paying Congress if they are worthless? They should grow some and do their duty to either maintain equal powers or begin impeachment orders.


45 posted on 10/31/2011 3:36:11 PM PDT by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: Hunton Peck; concerned about politics
I posted this article some time ago... Federal Government To Develop Its Own Drugs In Effort To Spur Pharmaceutical Industry
46 posted on 10/31/2011 3:39:27 PM PDT by Roos_Girl (The world is full of educated derelicts. - Calvin Coolidge)
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To: Hunton Peck
Obama said drug shortages have nearly tripled over the past five years while Congress has foundered.

Slightly more than four of those five years were UNIFIED DEMOCRAT CONGRESSES. But Obama won't mention this.

47 posted on 10/31/2011 3:57:26 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Republicans will find a way to reelected Obama.)
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To: Hunton Peck
Reduce or what? Is Zero writing laws now or just expecting the FDA
to create more unconstitutional Rules deliberately bypassing Congress?
48 posted on 10/31/2011 4:00:48 PM PDT by MaxMax
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To: Hunton Peck
Obama writes an executive order to reduce shortages.

Xerxes I orders a river beaten-to-death when a storm destroys two bridges.

Two fools railing against forces beyond their control; both utterly childish.

49 posted on 10/31/2011 4:01:51 PM PDT by Lazamataz (I guess some Occupiers are more 99% than other Occupiers.)
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To: Pharmboy

Hmmnnn....

Seems like things might have been improving until the rats took over congress.


50 posted on 10/31/2011 4:13:03 PM PDT by meyer (We will not sit down and shut up.)
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