Over the past few years, drug shortages have become more well publicized; unfortunately, the underlying causes for these shortages have not been as well publicized. This has allowed lobby groups to set the narrative in a way that distorts the truth. One such group, Physicians Against Drug Shortages led by Phillip Zweig, has implicated healthcare group purchasing organizations (GPOs) as the underlying cause of all recent drug shortages and even blames them for the rise of HIV/AIDS.
There is no doubt that Dr. Margaret Hamburg will be a monumental asset to science and the AAAS. Dr. Hamburg has an impressive list of achievements. She is a board member of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy and foreign secretary for the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). She will continue to serve these positions while working for the AAAS.