The US Food and Drug Administration has started rationing its supply of medicine and supplies.
The agency announced the change Wednesday.
The FDA announced that it is “commissioning” the production of prescription drugs and other medical supplies for use by pharmacies, as well as the distribution of those supplies to health care providers, the National Journal reported.
“Our goal is to provide as much care as possible, including for the elderly and disabled,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement.
“We recognize that some patients will need to wait longer for their medications and that our focus will shift from patient care to patient access.” “
As we work to achieve these goals, we must make difficult decisions that will affect millions of Americans,” he added.
“We recognize that some patients will need to wait longer for their medications and that our focus will shift from patient care to patient access.”
The change comes after several states introduced legislation requiring pharmacies to make a “mandatory contribution” to their Medicare prescription drug program for the first three months of each year.
According to a study released earlier this year, some 2.5 million Americans over the age of 65 are expected to need prescription medications in the coming years.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also released a report earlier this month that said the US had a population of 3.7 million people over the average age of 50.
It also said that one in five people over 65 will have some form of health care needs that could result in needing prescription medications, according to the Associated Press.
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