Margaret Hamburg

GPOs fuel drug shortages [Commentary]

GPOs fuel drug shortages [Commentary]

Maryland has been a pacesetter on some important health care issues like hospital cost control. But on one matter that is seriously impairing patient care — generic drug shortages — Marylanders are facing the same crisis as everyone else.

For several years, our hospitals and outpatient surgery centers have been dealing with frequent shortages, and at times complete outages, of mainstay drugs that are often physicians' first choices for high quality care. All Marylanders have a personal stake in ending this public health emergency.

Most of the nearly 300 drugs in short supply are sterile injectables, including chemotherapy agents, antibiotics, medications for anesthesia and...