This fall, patients at Intermountain Riverton Hospital became the first in the nation to receive a medication produced by Civica Rx, a new, not-for-profit generic drug company created to address a shortage of vital drugs used in U.S. hospitals. It is a major milestone for hospitals to be able to purchase medications from a not-for-profit company. And the benefits for patients in Utah will soon be realized in other states as other participating hospitals and health systems begin to use drugs manufactured by the Utah-based Civica Rx.
In recent decades, shortages of vital generic drugs in American hospitals have become commonplace. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, reported in 2018 that drug shortages are increasing and the shortages are lasting longer — with more than 10 drugs being in short supply for five years or more. Nearly 30 generic medications have been in short supply for at least two years. The five longest shortages have lasted more than eight years.
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