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Group purchasing organizations don't cause drug shortages [Letter]
Health care group purchasing organizations (GPOs) are taking a variety of innovative steps to mitigate the impact of generic drug shortages. All GPO contracts are voluntary and the product of competitive market negotiations. All hospitals can purchase "off contract" and often do. Contracts can be canceled and pricing regularly adjusted. Manufacturers regularly and quickly adjust pricing of GPO contracts when they experience shocks to production. ("GPOs fuel drug shortages," Feb. 7).
February 12, 2014