President Obama Addresses Drug Shortages with Executive Order

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A shortage of cancer drugs, anesthetics and other medications has been blamed for patient deaths in the past year, with more shortages predicted for this year. Today, President Obama ordered the FDA to take actions covered by pending legislation. Today's announcement, which came under the headline "We Can't Wait," a familiar phrase as the President campaigns against a Republican-dominated Congress, said he was taking action "to reduce prescription drug shortages and fight price gouging." Maggie Fox is Managing Editor of Technology and Healthcare at National Journal.

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Guest:
Maggie Fox - National Journal

Host:
Warren Olney

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Christian Bordal, Anna Scott, Karen Radziner