U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, during his visit Wednesday to Advocate Condell Medical Center, called for the passage of a bill he said would help ease the drug-shortage problem.
The Preserving Access to Life-Saving Medications Act would require drug manufacturers to notify the Food and Drug Administration of a disruption to a drug supply six months in advance.
“This issue came as a big awakening to me. I really didn’t know how serious it was,” Durbin said. “I can’t go anywhere in the state, in Chicago, in Illinois, and here in Lake County, without hearing the same thing — hospitals are facing serious shortages.”