There is a huge issue facing this country that many of you reading this probably haven't heard about. There is a shortage of many IV nutrients and medications in this country.
The problem doesn't just lie with IV medications either, just look at the list of medications that the FDA currently has listed on their drug shortages page. Some drugs have been on this page for over a year.
These shortages of IV medications affect a tremendous number of people who depend on TPN nutrition like Sam does. Without these vital components of Sam's TPN he would not be able to thrive and be healthy. In many cases there are no substitutions for these vital pieces of nutrition.
You may think that you are not affected by these shortages, but in the blink of an eye some medication that you do need could not be available when you need it.
What if you were diagnosed with Lyme Disease?
There are multiple factors that are contributing to these shortages. From bad policies and corporate greed, to an agency that is so broken it spends over 30 years trying to decide if a checmical that it is allowing in handsoap is safe or not:
Yes, this is the same agency that can't approve Omegaven (which is just refined fish oil) for use in the US without a double blind study (But absorbing triclosan through your skin is apparently fine).
It is time for a comprehensive and meaningful overhaul of the system that allows these shortages to occur.
The FDA continues to take action that is too little and often times doesn't help enough.
Help us tell Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and the Representative Upton (R-MI), the Chairs of the Congressional committees that oversee the FDA that they should do all they can to compel the FDA to immediately work together with the drug manufacturers to protect the lives of all Americans by:
1. Immediately resolving current IV drug shortages, by incentive, import, and expediting drug approvals.
2. Developing clear plans to prevent future IV drug shortages by the end of 2013.
Protecting the lives of infants, children and seniors from a clear threat is not a partisan issue. Solutions are clear and Congress should do all it can before another child dies.
Please take a moment (it literally just takes a few seconds) to sign the petition below:
Once you have signed it, please help spread the word to people you know. With enough signatures we can hopefully bring some much needed attention to this issue.