Why Cancer Patients Can't Wait: "It Can signify the Difference Between Curing Your Cancer and Not"

President Obama today signed an managerial order that directs the FDA to step up work to decrease the drug shortages and protect consumers. Jay Cuetara knows just how important this is: in August, the center where he was receiving chemotherapy ran out of the drug being used to treat his cancer, which "can signify the difference between curing your cancer and not," the San Francisco man explained.
The President's action means that drug companies will be necessary to let the FDA know earlier about the potential for drug shortages so that they can react successfully. If we find out that prices are being driven up because shortages are being made worse by manipulations of companies or distributors, agencies will be empowered to stop those practices. And the FDA and the Department of Justice will be investigating any kinds of abuses that would guide to drug shortages.
As the President said today, we can't wait for action. "We'll still be calling on Congress to pass a bipartisan bill that will offer additional tools to the FDA and others that can create a difference. But until they act, we will go in front and move."