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FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced Thursday the creation of a task force to address persistent drug shortages in the United States. Although the number of new drug shortages has decreased since 2011, some medically necessary products continue to be in short supply. “Even shortages of a small number of key drugs can place a serious burden on providers,” Gottlieb noted. The new Drug Shortages Task Force—to be led by Keagan Lenihan, FDA’s associate commissioner for strategic initiatives—will seek holistic solutions to addressing the root causes for these shortages. Other members of the task force will include senior leaders from FDA, CMS, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.