Dems seek probe into role of group purchasing in drug shortages

11/20/2012 | Pharmalot.com

Six Democratic members of Congress asked the Government Accountability Office to look into whether hospital group purchasing organizations have had an effect on drug shortages and a greater use of drug compounding. "Increased hospital reliance on compounded drugs should be a result of increased need, not unfair pricing," Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., said. The letter suggests "anticompetitive, exclusionary contracts" between the organizations and makers of generic drugs should be examined.

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