ASCO—along with the American Medical Association, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and the United States Pharmacopeia—released a series of policy and marketplace recommendations to address the significant challenges in our nation’s drug supply chain, which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“COVID-19 has magnified the dangers inherent in failing to address gaps and deficiencies in the pharmaceutical and medical supply chains. Supply chain disruptions can adversely impact patient care by delaying treatment or requiring patients to switch to less effective treatment regimens. Policymakers must do more to ensure a consistently safe, effective, and uninterrupted supply of quality medicines for patients in this country,” the groups said in a news release.
The groups are asking policymakers to implement a range of legislative and regulatory actions, including:
The organizations have long collaborated on recommendations to improve the U.S. supply chain and mitigate drug shortages. For example, the groups participated in a July 2020 summit that examined the resilience of the U.S. pharmaceutical supply chain in light of the state of global pharmaceutical manufacturing.
Read the full report at https://www.ashp.org/-/media/assets/news-and-media/docs/Healthcare-Supply-Chain-Recommendations.
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