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National Drug Shortages: Reacting to Current Shortages and Proactively Anticipating the Future

Learning Objectives
1. Discuss crucial areas of current AMA policy on drug shortages
2. Recall current FDA activity in response to current shortages and activities to prevent and anticipate future shortages
3. Identify resources to recognize drugs that are currently in short supply
4. Discover how to report a drug that becomes scarce in your current practice
0.75 Credit CME

Almost daily, we hear about drug shortages in the media, but how does this impact physicians and their patients? What is currently being done to report shortages and anticipate future ones? For the physician their inability to access needed medications delays and can even compromise patient care. This activity is a briefing for AMA members on current AMA policy and FDA activity around drug shortages—both current and future. This 45-minute presentation will be hosted by our speaker, Amy Cadwallader, PhD, who will provide an overview of current trends in drug shortages—including current AMA policy. She will discuss the FDA's authority and role in addressing shortages, their approach for responding to current shortages and the status of initiatives to prevent and/or anticipate future shortages. Resources will be provided that instruct learners on how to mitigate against drug shortages in their practice, find out about drugs that are currently in short supply. and report drugs that become in short supply in their daily practice.

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Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to:

0.75 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program;

0.75 Self-Assessment points in the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery’s (ABOHNS) Continuing Certification program;

0.75 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program; and

0.75 Lifelong Learning points in the American Board of Pathology’s (ABPath) Continuing Certification program;

It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting MOC credit.

Activity Information

Credit Designation Statement: The American Medical Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Statement: Unless noted, all individuals in control of content reported no relevant financial relationships.


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