FDA: New Suppliers to Ease 2 Drug Shortages
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Federal regulators have approved new suppliers for two crucial cancer drugs, easing critical shortages that had been ratcheting up fears that patients, particularly children with leukemia, would miss lifesaving treatments.(Feb. 21)

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[Notes:VO ----------KENSINGTON, MARYLAND --- AP VIDEO -- FEB 21]THREE AND A HALF YEARS AGO, JOEY NORRIS WAS DIAGNOSED WITH ACUTE LYMPHOBLASTIC LEUKEMIA.AS PART OF HIS TREATMENT, HE NEEDS TO TAKE PRESERVATIVE-FREE METHOTREXATE (meth-oh-TREX-ayt) -- A DRUG THAT HAS RECENTLY BEEN IN SHORT SUPPLY.[Notes:MARGARET NORRIS / SON DIAGNOSED WITH LEUKEMIA]"it's mind-boggling to me that in 2012...we are having these conversations where children are not able to access these medicines to keep them alive."[Notes:VO ---------------------AP VIDEO -- ROCKVILLE, MD -- FEB. 21]TUESDAY -- THE FDA SAID IT WILL TRY TO ALLEVIATE THE SHORTAGE BY ALLOWING A NEW SUPPLIER TO MAKE THE DRUG AVAILABLE IN THE U.S.AND IT HAS APPROVED A BATCH THAT WAS MADE BY A COMPANY THAT EXPERIENCED QUALITY CONTROL PROBLEMS AND CLOSED SOME OF ITS FACILITIES.MARGARET HAMBURG IS AN FDA COMMISSIONER.[Notes:SOT -- MARGARET HAMBURG / FDA COMMISSIONER --MAY 21] its terrible, you know in our modern era when we have drugs that are safe and effective, not to be able to get them to patients.DR. JAMES SPEYER IS AN ONCOLOGIST WITH THE NYU CANCER INSTITUTE.[Notes:DR. JAMES SPEYER / NYU CANCER INSTITUTE]'most people with whom I speak think the root cause of it is economic...if there was a real profit to be made by making these drugs....you don't think pharmaceutical companies would do that.....that's the business they're in."[Notes:VO -------------]TUESDAY, THE FDA ALSO SAID IT WOULD TEMPORARILY ALLOW THE IMPORTATION OF A REPLACEMENT DRUG FOR DOXIL -- A DRUG USED FOR RECURRENT OVARIAN OR BONE CANCER. NUMEROUS MEDICAL AND PHARMACEUTICAL GROUPS -- PLUS THE WHITE HOUSE -- ARE APPLAUDING THE NEWS.HOWEVER, THERE ARE MORE THAN 280 DRUGS THAT ARE IN SHORT SUPPLY -- OR UNAVAILABLE NATIONWIDE.AND REGULATORS AND MANUFACTURERS SAY SHORTAGES ARE A LONG TERM PROBLEM THAT WILL CONTINUE TO GIVE PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES NIGHTMARES.---------------THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. (****END****) ANCHOR VOICE: -------------------------VIDEO PRODUCER: NED BARKER---------------------------VIDEO SOURCE: AP VIDEO-----------------------VIDEO APPROVAL: DONNA STARDDARD----------------------------VIDEO RESTRICTIONS:NONE----------------------------------MARKET EMBARGO (S): NONE--------------------------------SCRIPT/WIRE SOURCE: