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FDA Consumer Health Information - Sept. 30 Webinar: Prescription Drug Shortages
Date:9/26/2011

SILVER SPRING, Md., Sept. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In 2010, there were a record number of prescription drug shortages. In 2011, FDA continues to see an increasing number of shortages, especially those involving older "sterile injectables"—medicines given by injection or intravenously to patients in the hospital.

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Learn how FDA helps reduce the impact of drug shortages for patients and our nation's health care system in this 30-minute webinar. An FDA expert will discuss the extent of the current drug shortage and the importance of communication among FDA, drug manufacturers, health professionals, and the public in helping to reduce the shortages' impact on public health.

An opportunity to ask questions will follow the presentation.

When:  Friday, Sept. 30, 11:00 a.m. ET

Length: 30 minutes

Where:  To join the webinar, see the instructions here. Webinar slides will be posted here also.

Host: FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research

Featured speaker: Captain Valerie Jensen, R.Ph., associate director for the Drug Shortage Program within FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research

This webinar is part of a series of online sessions hosted by different FDA centers and offices. The series is part of FDA Basics, a Web-based resource aimed at helping the public better understand what the agency does.

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