A bipartisan group of 30 senators and 64 representatives Friday asked Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., to take all available action to address current intravenous saline shortages affecting hospitals across the country. “To avoid any further harm to consumers, we request that the FDA use every authority at its disposal to address this crisis and present a plan to ensure immediate and sustained production of IV bags that also provides sufficient guidance to mitigate cost increases,” the letter states. “We understand the FDA has taken steps to attempt to remedy this crisis by allowing the importation of saline products from other countries and by also approving new saline products. However, providers in our states have voiced concerns over the uncertainty of when these products will become available and when a long-term solution to this shortage will be implemented.” The letter was spearheaded by Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Del. Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon (R-PR), and Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).

Related News Articles

Headline
The Campaign for Sustainable Rx Pricing, for which AHA is a founding member, today launched a petition and digital ad urging drug companies to suspend their “…
Headline
List prices for branded pharmaceutical products in the United States increased 159% between 2007 and 2018, an average of 9.1% per year, according to a study…
Headline
Four drugs used in hospitals for years increased their prices between 525% and 1,644% after receiving formal approval through the Food and Drug Administration’…
Headline
The Food and Drug Administration today approved the first generic albuterol sulfate inhaler to treat and prevent bronchospasms in patients with asthma or…
Headline
The Food and Drug Administration today released the first phase of its searchable Purple Book database, which includes all FDA-approved biosimilar and…
Headline
The House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee yesterday held a hearing on proposals to lower drug prices and promote new cures.  Witness Ge Bai, an…