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Public Hearing on Prescription Drug Shortages

Public Hearing on Prescription Drug Shortages

February 9, 2012

On Monday, February 13, the Joint Committee on Public Health will conduct an oversight hearing to investigate the impact of drug shortages on patient care in Massachusetts. The hearing will take place from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. at the State House in Boston, Hearing Room A-2.

The hearing (agenda, pdf) will examine how increasing drug shortages are impacting patient safety and quality of care in Massachusetts.  The committee has invited testimony from hospital administrators, physicians, patients and pharmaceutical representatives, who will discuss the national perspective on drug shortages, the impact of shortages on hospitals and health systems, and industry strategies to address drug shortages.  The proceedings are open to the public and will address how best to mitigate the impact of shortages on patients and families in the Commonwealth.
-Kaitlyn Rhodes