Health Care Politics

Surge In U.S. Drug Shortages

Health Care: The number of prescription drug shortages shot up to a record 267 in 2011, nearly four times the level of just seven years ago, a new report says. It’s a shortage made in Washington.

The number of drug shortages rose by 56 in 2011 from 211 in 2010, according to a study by the University of Utah Drug Information Service. As recently as 2004, just 58 drugs were in short supply.

…What happened? As is often the case, government price and output controls are largely to blame for shortages, which have killed at least 15 people since 2010.

via Surge In U.S. Drug Shortages Shows Dead Hand Of Big Government Regulations –

These regulation induced shortages are the kind of thing I was referring to here:

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