ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — A 4 year-old child with leukemia joined U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, pharmacists and others on Friday in calling attention to a record shortage of vital medicines for cancer and other diseases.

The child was able to secure the drug he needed with extraordinary help from Children’s Hospital, but Klobuchar said the shortage in general is a serious problem.

“There’s been 178 drug shortages in 2010 — not individual instances, but actual drugs,” said the Minnesota Democrat.

Klobuchar is promoting a bill to address the shortage.

She said her legislation would “make the drug companies at least notify the FDA when they believe there’s going to be a shortage of a drug.”

She said shortages of medically necessary drugs reached a record high last year.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Steve Murphy Reports

Comments (13)
  1. Anita NewRx says:

    governor dayton is hording the “happy pills” again

    not good

    1. Steve says:

      Thank goodness there is no shortage of Preparation H. The GOP would be in real pain!

  2. Kyle says:

    Here’s an idea: Stop giving it away to other countries. If another country is incapable of surviving without the rest of the world giving it everything it needs, then perhaps it should die off.

  3. Joe Hanson says:

    “She said her legislation would “make the drug companies at least notify the FDA when they believe there’s going to be a shortage of a drug.”

    So how does this mitigate a shortage of a drug?

  4. GOPSUX says:

    Why do republicans hate america?

    1. David Wagner says:

      Because they have nothing better to do… The sad thing is they have this deal in there head that they do not want to rase taxes to help get the budget under control come on lets wake up and stop this shut down whats wrong is your hands in the ritch people s pockets ? wondering why we have to go through this way to gov. Daton I would hold out as well they do not need there way all the time we did it there way for many years while Gov Plantany was in office so now lets get this done

  5. Jill says:

    Amelia Santenelia from WCCO says all of you who write a comment, have never passed an SAT and Howdy Doody is not a town in Wisconsin.

    1. Jill says:

      Then why did you write a comment?

  6. David Wagner says:

    I have cystic fibrosis and during the winter on 2011 there was no emzymes to be gotten at any pharmacy for the order that my Dr ordered it finally got fixed about 4 day s later this should never happen I did have to call the drug company to make sure there were some on the way to MN This also happens sometime when they recall a med and not have another one ready yet to replace the first med this is very sad

  7. MJ says:

    You can thank the sue happy lawyers in this country! Most pharmaceutical companies are not in the US anymore because we sue over everything!!

    1. MJDUMB says:

      I have never sued anybody over anything. Maybe you are just stupid.

      1. MJ says:

        What the hell are you talking about??? I wasn’t talking to YOU, unless your a sue happy lawyer!!!

  8. Human Bean says:

    Really, this has been the focus of many articles!!!
    The drug makers are so greedy once a drug patent runs out and the price drops they quit making that drug and there is only one company left in the US that makes these “generic” drugs…
    MONEY IS THE REASON WE HAVE THE SHORTAGES!!!!!!!! ‘cco, ‘strib all these guys have reported this several times this year.

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