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Dec 15, 2011

Dec 15, 2011

GAO report, executive rule target drug shortages

(CIDRAP News) – The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) today said drug shortages tripled over the past decade while in related news the Obama administration announced steps to address the problem.

Marcia Crosse, PhD, the GAO's director of healthcare, presented a GAO report today during testimony on prescription drug shortages before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP).

Oct 27, 2011

Oct 27, 2011

GAO finds gaps in bioterror countermeasure planning, budgeting

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has continued to modify its bioterror countermeasure priorities based on current risk assessments, but it hasn't updated formal plans or fleshed out budget priorities, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report yesterday.

Oct 18, 2011

Oct 18, 2011

Anthrax countermeasures better than in 2001, but work remains

(CIDRAP News) – If someone tried to kill Americans with Bacillus anthracis spores today, the nation would have a better medical tool chest for treating the sick and those potentially exposed than it had 10 years ago, when the anthrax letter attacks killed five people, but anthrax defenses are still a work in progress.

Sep 14, 2011

Sep 14, 2011

US ag and food defense efforts criticized

(CIDRAP News) – Although no successful attacks on the US agriculture and food system have been reported in the past decade, the nation's efforts to defend the system came in for a barrage of criticism yesterday about a lack of coordination and various other shortcomings.

Jun 28, 2011

Jun 28, 2011

GAO details spending on, lessons from 2009 pandemic

(CIDRAP News) – A report released yesterday by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) offers yet another review of lessons from the federal government's response to the H1N1 influenza pandemic while detailing how the government spent, and is still spending, $6.15 billion that was appropriated for the response.

Jun 28, 2011

Federal review outlines new flu vaccine investments, challenges

(CIDRAP News) – The price-tag for federal investments in new flu vaccine technology has been difficult to get a handle on, but yesterday in a review for Congress the Government Accountability Office (GAO) put the number at $2.1 billion since fiscal year 2005.

Mar 21, 2011

Mar 21, 2011

GAO calls for better federal food safety coordination

(CIDRAP News) – Although the Food Safety Working Group (FSWG) appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009 has been a good first step to boost food safety collaboration among government agencies, it lacks results-oriented goals and performance benchmarks, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a new report.

Mar 03, 2011

Mar 03, 2011

GAO's federal duplication report cites problems in public health

(CIDRAP News) – In the first of an expected annual series of reports to Congress on duplication in federal government goals and activities, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) cites problems in three areas of public health: food safety, biodefense, and communications.

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