10/03/2011 05:21 pm ET Updated Dec 03, 2011

Growing Drug Shortages Create Headaches For Health Officials

After a day-long FDA hearing last week and a published report from NPR this morning, prescription drug shortages have become the latest public health issue with dire consequences.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, federal regulators are asking U.S. drug makers for advance warning of production shortages, saying medicine scarcities are continuing to increase at a rapid pace after reaching a record high in 2010.

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