PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Senators from Maine and Maryland want the federal government to extend the shelf life of prescription drugs that are in short supply to try to address shortages.
Republican Senator Susan Collins and Democratic Senator Ben Cardin introduced the bill, which would direct the US Food and Drug Administration to make the change. The FDA said changing the expiration dates of some drugs could help ease shortages, the senators said.
The proposal would update FDA guidance on stability testing tied to expiration dates, the senators said. It would also require the FDA to submit a report with information about labeling changes regarding expiration dates that the agency’s secretary requests from manufacturers, they said.
Collins said that due to the burden of the COVID-19 pandemic, “the last thing doctors, nurses and patients should have to worry about is whether there will be an adequate supply of the drugs they need. need”.
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