The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the federal agency responsible for protecting the public health by assuring safety and effectiveness of drugs and drug products, has launched its first mobile application (app) earlier this week. The purpose of the app is to inform healthcare professionals and consumers about current and resolved drug shortages and drug product discontinuations. Users of the app can search by a drug’s generic name/active ingredient or browse by therapeutic category. This app is intended to provide convenient and quick drug supply information in the palm of your hands. Additionally, individuals have the opportunity to report a suspected drug issue or shortage to the FDA through the use of this app. It is available free of charge for Apple and Android mobile devices by searching “FDA Drug Shortages”. Would the convenience of receiving/sharing drug supply information encourage you to use this mobile app? How do you keep up to date with drug supply news?
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