Short-Supply Prescription Drugs: Shining a Light on the Gray Market

Consumer Protection 2WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold a hearing examining the so-called “gray market” drug companies who drive up the cost of short-supply prescription drugs. The hearing will explore how and why hospitals and other health care providers sometimes struggle to obtain short-supply prescription drugs they need to treat patients suffering from cancer and other life-threatening conditions.  This hearing is the result of a joint Congressional investigation by Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, Senator Tom Harkin, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

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Majority Statement

  • Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV

    U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation


  • Honorable Elijah E. Cummings

    Ranking Member
    U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Witness Panel 2

  • Ms. Virginia Herold

    Executive Officer
    California Board of Pharmacy
    Download Testimony (121.05 KB)
  • Dr. David Mayhaus

    Chief Pharmacy Director
    Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
  • Dr. John Coster

    Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Director, NCPA Advocacy Center
    National Community Pharmacists Association
    Download Testimony (313.84 KB)
  • Mr. John Gray

    President and CEO
    Healthcare Distribution Management Association
  • Ms. Patricia Earl

    Industry Analyst
    National Coalition of Pharmaceutical Distributors