FDA also refers to Food and Drug Administration. It is an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. FDA Drug shortages is responsible for protecting public health and also promoting public health through supervision of some products like tobacco, dietary supplements, food safety, vaccines, veterinary products, etc. FDA also enforces laws on sanitation, control of diseases which may be caused due to some household pets or via sperm donation for reproduction.
I am Sony aged 15 and am a school student. I have been staying here at LA with my parents for the last 10 years. I have been suffering from bronchitis problem from when I was in five. I could not even breathe at times. I was in a great pain. I could not even concentrate in my classes and studies and had to stay awake late night sometimes, since it was a tough time to take a good sleep in that condition. Doctor suggested me to take Acetylcysteine Inhalation Solution, a drug which is beneficial for bronchitis, tuberculosis, cystic fibrosis, etc. This medicine breaks down the mucus, which is the substance that lubricates mouth, throat and lungs and is of great relief. I had no problem in taking this drug and I had no side effects even. It was not even a tough thing to get this drug; I just had to make an advance order to the chemist. I ordered it and it really worked; slowly I was recovering from my problem and was able to find a room of relief, when suddenly a problem occurred. Within a few days this drug, Acetylcysteine Inhalation Solution was running from a crisis. I became a poor victim of the shortage. Before that I used to hear about drug shortages, but it was the first time I felt like I was in a sea of crisis and I had to do something for coming out of that. This particular drug was no more available in town, and no alternative could give me that metal support or relief, as I was inclined towards this medicine only. I tried to check everywhere; I even tried to find out in other cities via internet. But everywhere it was the same old story. The drug was no more available.
Reason for the shortage:
º American Regent had temporarily suspended the distribution of most of the drugs including this Acetylcysteine Inhalation Solution.
º Some of the labs discontinued the making of this drug. The product was on shortage due to manufacturing delays.
FDA announced that the drug Acetylcysteine Solution is one of the best drugs to bring a relief to patients suffering from bronchitis, abnormal, viscid or inspissated mucus secretions. This drug is also beneficial for bronchopulmonary disease, acute bronchopulmonary, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary complications, etc. This drug is also useful at the time of anesthesia, post-traumatic chest conditions and diagnostic bronchial studies.
How it affected me
I was in a real problem. I was almost fine but all of a sudden I was attacked by bronchitis once again and I required this drug at any cost. For the time being I had to replace this drug with another one. And just within a few months it was once again available in town. And now I am no longer suffering from this disease. All the credit goes to FDA Drug shortages resolving department for resolving this problem and giving me a new, better and a secured life.
Functions of FDA:
FDA; or Food and Department Administration regulates each and every facet of prescription drugs; these includes testing, manufacturing of products, labeling of products, advertising, marketing, efficacy and safety of the products.
Several drugs were put in a state of ‘out of stock’; but in recent times many out of them has been resolved by the FDA Drug Shortages cell, and they are now operating online by providing the database on drug shortages to victims online.
Ashp: The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. It is a professional organization which represents the interest of pharmacists, health maintenance organizations, home care and other components related to health care.
How the ASHP functions
The aim of Ashp society is to support and advance the professional practice of pharmacists and serve issues relating to public health and medication. Ashp provides advocacy on issues related to health to the government agencies; which include FDA Drug Shortages: Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other such organizations.
I run a small chemist shop adjoint to a chamber of a general physician doctor. I have been into this profession for the past 10 years and have gathered enough knowledge. I have been seeing different patients with different sickness. For the recent past a widowed woman of near about 50+ has been visiting the doctor and he prescribes her a calcium chloride injection. This calcium chloride injection was easily available in my clinic, but as time went availability lessened and it was almost impossible for me to avail that injection. Then I decided to ask a few more chemist shops and discuss with them regarding the matter. And everywhere I could find the same answer. Not just that it was unavailable in our town, but it was unavailable all across India. And then from ashp drug shortages we came to know that it was out of stock and would be soon resolved. That lady became a victim of this drug shortage and with her even I was a victim. Each time she would visit my shop for the injection, I had to let her go empty handed. I really used to feel sorry for her at times. This injection is required for the treatment of hypocalcaemia which requires a quick increase in blood plasma calcium levels, which usually occurs due to parathyroid deficiency. She had that deficiency and had a tough time to walk. I really used to feel sorry for her but I was all tied up. I could not help her unless the problem was resolved.
After a few months this problem was finally resolved. FDA along with ASHP resolved the whole problem and now this injection is again in use. The woman now comes frequently to avail that injection and is now a little better than before.
Role of ASHP:
Along with FDA, ASHP is providing great service to mankind. ASHP drug shortages research center is the first stop information to know about drug shortages and their management. We are often victims of drug shortages just due to delay in their medical processes.
Not just providing information; AHSP advocates by letting the pharmacists know how to keep their patients in a better state and care them in a better way. They also provide career services by letting employees and job seekers know about them via online. They also help in continuing education on medication and medication safety. They provide detailed information regarding any drugs along with their side effects, so that a patient gets to know about the product before consuming it.
FDA and ASHP has been a real help not only to us but also the whole medication team like the chemists and the pharmacists. They provide detailed information about the drugs and also regarding their effects and side effects. Not just that; they even provide information if any medicine is out of stock or not, and if it is then they try to resolve that and bring that drug into use once again, so that patients doesn’t face any difficulty. We all should be grateful to these organizations who really do care for the mankind.
FDA refers to Food and Drug Administration, an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. FDA Drug shortages are responsible for protecting and promoting public health through supervisation of some products like tobacco, dietary supplements, vaccines, etc. FDA also enforces law on sanitation, control of diseases which may be caused due to some household pets or via sperm donation for reproduction.
How the drug cruses affected my life
I am Sophia Fernandez, a student from the Oxford University. I have been staying here at Wellington Square along with my family for the last 20 years. Recently, I was noticing that I was becoming a victim of insomniac and used to stay awake late night. I had my exams and I thought may be for that I was unable to sleep. But this problem started to act as my family member and it was high time for me that I should have consulted a doctor. Doctor suggested me to take Midazolam, a drug which is beneficial for curing insomniac problem. This medicine has a rapid action over the illness and provides strength to the body. Slowly I could feel a change in me and was feeling a lot better than before and could sleep at night.
How the problem started
While I was able to provide a room of relief to myself, a problem occurred. This drug, Midazolam was running from a crisis. I became a victim of it. Before that I used to hear about FDA drug shortages and drug shortages, but it was the first time I felt like I was in a sea of crisis and had to do something so that I could come out of that. This particular drug was no more available in town. I tried to check everywhere; I even tried to find out in other cities via internet. But everywhere it was the same old story. The drug was no more available. Had not it been the relentless tries of FDA, I would not have found back my life with the restoration of the drug in the market.