Dangers of Medical Drug Shortages
Peter Johnson, Jr. weighs in
- Duration 4:06
- Date Dec 8, 2011
Peter Johnson, Jr. weighs in
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Here's some shocking news.
This great nation of ours United States is suffering from a severe drug shortage and it's costing some American their lives.
Report a brand new when from the Associated Press says that at least fifteen people died since mid.
2010 because of the shortage and yesterday senator Orrin hatch summed up this way.
This crisis means worse outcomes for patients increased costs for caregivers.
And the government.
Slower medical advancement and persistent undermining confidence in our country's health care system experts contend that federal government pricing and rebate programs -- a significant contributing factor.
To the current drug shortage process.
Okay that's how he -- just let's now deal in Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson junior.
Peter why -- there these drug shortages that are costing people their lives -- Steve this is the shame and scandal of America in 2011.
Thousands of Americans will die.
Because the drug companies will not provide drugs that they -- that they have patents for.
Because of shortages.
Because of production problems because of questions over profits.
These companies are fighting with the federal government about reimbursement.
And that's what one of the things senator hatch.
Was talking about and that's also resorted to a gray market or black market for people who can't get to drugs and were being challenged.
-- profiteers that's why senator Schumer now has a bill.
That will impose tremendous millions of dollars in penalties on people to try and challenge right prices.
But now there are 200 drugs.
That we have shortages of an America.
Twenty of those drugs are cancer chemotherapy -- drugs and so I thought that we should talk about today.
One person one man that I know and his handling OK and who needs a Christmas miracle who will -- -- Unless the federal government.
Johnson & Johnson steps in dance she -- -- -- brilliant engineer from northern New Jersey.
Will die unless he doesn't it in the she gets a drug.
Cold dark silk deal X bill.
And about 2500.
Who are being treated -- ovarian cancer who are being treated for multiple myeloma will die.
Because they are on a waiting list even -- old Johnson & Johnson.
Has that drug.
Has made that drug for -- -- a bell for five years and it now said we've had production problems.
We have issues we shut down the plant that's making.
It for us.
He's one case in thousands and he's one person of many in this country who don't have the drugs that we have the we developed.
We are the world leader great but who will die.
Peter if if they have -- the drug that will save the lives in this -- we can't make the pills or production problems.
The government obviously has got to step in some really get a -- do so the FD.
-- has the capacity they've known about this for months they can impose a consent decree on these companies to say listen.
You have this drug they can say use it or lose it.
They can say we grant you the right.
To make this drug and distributed if you're not gonna do it step out of the way and let someone else do it right so Americans.
Can live this is not only Johnson & Johnson.
This is across the gamut and this is something that we need to be talking about sure in this country we talk about Obama care we talk about regulation we have the capacity.
Today to save people's lives with the drugs that we have.
And we're not.
Doing it and so we pray for a miracle for these thousands of Americans including.
-- she -- bell who should not die.
A great person who should not wolf thank you very much for bringing us that story and keep us posted what they do absolutely right here thank -- --