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Cummings looks into prescription drug shortages

Cummings looks into prescription drug shortages

University of Maryland women's basketball coach Brenda Frese said she was heartbroken that a chemotherapy drug used to treat her 3-year-old son, Tyler, for leukemia was in short supply and possibly unavailable. When she discovered that some companies have been accused of putting profit over production or distribution of cytarabine and other drugs, she was angry — and she began writing letters. "This is life or death, and the thought of some drugs being put out of reach made my stomach sick," she said in an interview. One of her letters went to Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, who has since joined a...