Physicians Against Drug Shortages (PADS) is a grassroots patient advocacy group  whose goal is to end the chronic, unprecedented generic drug shortages by restoring integrity and market competition to the broken generic prescription drug and hospital group purchasing industries.  Most of our members are anesthesiologists and critical care specialists who are outraged that they can no longer obtain reliable supplies of the drugs they need to properly treat their patients. As a result of these shortages, millions of patients are suffering needlessly, and in many cases dying.  Most of the drugs in short  supply are sterile injectable chemotherapies and anesthetics administered in hospitals, outpatient facilities and clinics. 
These massive shortages are simply unacceptable in what is supposed to be a free market economy. To end this crisis, which was entirely preventable, we believe it is essential to address the underlying cause, not the symptoms. Having thoroughly examined this issue, we’re convinced that the anticompetitive contracting practices, kickbacks, market manipulation and other abuses of giant hospital group purchasing organizations (GPOs) are the root cause. 
​Unfortunately, most of what has been written about the causes of this public health emergency reflects a lack of understanding by the media, the healthcare community, and policymakers about how these drugs are manufactured, distributed and purchased in the U. S. healthcare supply chain.
By making our case in the mainstream and social media, including this website, we're working to  mobilize public support to prevail on Congress to end the pernicious practices that have given rise to this public health emergency. We believe our efforts are starting to bear fruit. 
Since the publication of our New York Times op-ed of September 3, 2013, "How a Cabal Keeps Generics Scarce," the Food and Drug Administration, which for years avoided referring publicly to GPOs in connection with the shortages, has acknowledged their key role. And in its inaugural report on drug shortages released February 10, 2014, the GAO cited GPOs as a "potential underlying cause" of the shortages.
PADS traces its origins to conversations in early 2012 between financial journalist Phil Zweig, whose interest in anticompetitive GPO practices dates back to 1997, and Joel Zivot MD, chief of cardiothoracic intensive care at Emory University. Over the next several months, Dr. Zivot became increasingly skeptical of the official explanation that the causes were "complex and multifactorial." Matters came to a head  at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists in Washington, D. C. At a panel discussion on drug shortages, he publicly challenged this explanation, asserting that the GPO industry had undermined the generic injectable marketplace. Several colleagues rushed up to him after the meeting seeking more information. This led to the formation of PADS in December 2012.
Full disclosure: PADS members have no conflicts of interest and no vested financial interest in this issue. PADS receives no outside funding. We are all working on this project pro bono and are covering our expenses out of our own pockets. 
​We welcome new members and friends who would like to work with us to stop the shortages.

Mitchell Goldstein MD

Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Neonatology
Loma Linda University Children's Hospital
Loma Linda, CA​

Phillip L. Zweig MBA

Executive Director/Co-founder

New York, NY




Michelle Abe DO
Family Medicine
Martinsburg, WV


Sean Adams MD

Naperville, IL


Curtis Baysinger MD
Associate Professor 
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Nashville, TN

Rebekah Bernard MD
Family Medicine
Gulf Coast Direct Primary Care
Fort Myers, FL


Frederick C. Blum MD

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
West Virginia University School of Medicine
Morgantown, WV


John G. Brock-Utne MD, PhD
Professor of Anesthesia, Emeritus
Stanford University Medical Center
Department of Anesthesiology, Peri-operative & Pain Medicine
Stanford, CA 


James W. Bush MD
Lebanon, PA


Ryan Canavan BS
VP, Business Development
Medac Pharma
Atlanta, GA

Margaret (Meg) Clapp R.Ph M.Div
Hospital Pharmacy Consultant
Former chief of pharmacy, Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA


Ezio Cutarelli PharmD

Community Hospital Staff Pharmacist
Cleveland, OH 


Paul Danziger Esq.
Partner, Danziger & DeLlano LP
Executive producer & screenwriter, PUNCTURE, the Movie
Houston, TX

Daniel C. DeMarco MD
Dallas, TX


Susan A. Derry MD
Emergency Medicine
Olympia, WA

Christine Dewey MD
All About Children Pediatrics
Eden Prairie, MN


Eric Edwards MD PhD
VP, Innovation, Research & Development
Kaleo Pharmaceuticals
Richmond, VA

James E. Elbaor MD
Dallas, TX


Mark Fesen MD
Central Care Cancer Center
Wichita, KS 


Sean Flynn PhD
Candidate for U. S. Congress 
Upland, CA


William Frame MD
Decatur, IL

Holly Fritch MD
Leawood, KS


Rosemary Gibson MS
Senior Advisor

The Hastings Center

Washington, D. C. 


Mark S. Godec MD
Falls Church, VA


Clare Gray MD
Internal Medicine
Hickory, NC


George Gruhn BS
Nashville, TN

Matt Hahn MD
Family Physician
River Bend Family Medicine
Hancock, MD

Lawrence S. Halperin MD
Orlando, FL

Jessica Hardesty MD
Washington, DC


George G. Hefner MD
Anesthesiologist/Pain Medicine
Lake Forest, IL

Amy Faith Ho MD

Resident in Emergency Medicine
University of Chicago Medicine
Chicago, IL

Leah Houston MD
Primary Care Physician
New York, NY


Ronald P. Jordan RPh 
Chapman University School of Pharmacy
Irvine, CA 

Ayal M. Kaynan MD
Chief, Section of Urology
Morristown Medical Center

Morristown, NJ


Charles Kim MD
Naperville, IL 


W. Andrew Kofke MD MBA
Professor of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA


Joanna Kolodney MD
Assistant Professor
West Virginia University School of Medicine
Morgantown, WV


Tim E. Little MD
Shoreline, WA


Mark Lopatin MD
Willow Grove, PA


Dan Lorenzo MD
Pain Management Anesthesiologist
Lebanon, PA


Philip Anthony Mandato, Jr. DO
Philadelphia area, PA


Mollyann March MD

Bethesda, MD


Sharon Moon MS (Candidate)
Healthcare Quality and Risk Manager Professional
Philadelphia, PA 


Narayanachar S.  Murali MD  

Orangeburg, SC


William J. Murphy PhD 

Associate Professor, Humanities & Social Sciences
New England Institute of Technology
East Greenwich, RI 


Franklin D. Nash MD, R.I.P
Center for Scientific Analysis of Policy, LLC
Indianapolis, IN

Chonn Ng MD
Indiana Internal Medicine Consultant
Indianapolis, IN

Richard O'Flynn, MD
Philadelphia, PA


Chantel O’Shea DO
Emergency Medicine 
Independent Contractor/Northwell Health and Catholic Health Services
Moderator of Physicians for Patient Protection
Smithtown, NY 


Timothy Parker MD
Dermatologic Surgeon
Overland Park, KS


Harry G. Parr DO, MBA

Royal Oaks,  MI


William "Bill" Price Esq.

Former United States Attorney, Western District of Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, OK


Michael A. Rie MD

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
University of Kentucky Medical Center
Lexington, KY

Melissa Robinson DO
Marion, VA


Scott T. Roethle MD
Leawood, KS

Christine L. Saba  PharmD MD
Rockville, MD


Amar Setty MD
Baltimore, MD


Rosy Singh MD
Baltimore, MD


Tomasz "Tommy" Stryjewski MD

Resident Physician
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA


Donna-Ann Thomas MD
Attending Physician
Anesthesiology/Pain Management
Yale-New Haven Hospital
New Haven, CT​


Mahesh Vaidyanathan MD MBA
Instructor in Anesthesiology
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University

Chicago, IL


Robert Villare MD
Chief of Surgical Specialties
Lebanon, VA Medical Center
Lebanon, PA
James M. West MD
Director of Transplant Anesthesia
Medical Anesthesia Group
Memphis, TN


Lois Wetmore  DVM
Veterinarian Anesthesiologist
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Tufts University
Boston, MA

Elizabeth Wilson MD
Boone Hospital
Columbia, Missouri
Vicki Wooll MD MPH
Family Medicine
Eagle, ID


Marlene J. Wust-Smith MD
McKean, Potter Counties, PA


Wendy Zens RN

Nurse-Manager (Retired)
Harvard Vanguard Health Associates
Boston, MA


Joel Zivot MD

Chief of Cardio-thoracic Intensive Care
Emory University Medical Center
Atlanta, GA

Marcy Zwelling MD
Emergency Medicine
Los Alamitos, CA


​Disclaimer: PADS does not necessarily agree with  every position our coalition partners take on other healthcare issues. 


Association of American Physicians and Surgeons

Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC)

Physicians For Reform (watch video)

Practicing Physicians of America















William "Bill" Bandy [1928-2013], the late founder and CEO of Dallas-based United Medical Supply, a leading regional healthcare distribution firm, was among the first to speak out about the harm that GPOs inflict on American patients, practitioners, and taxpayers.
For at least a quarter century, long after he retired and almost up until the day he died in April 2013 at age 85, Bill fought valiantly to expose and reform the GPO system. He was a courtly, generous, and good-humored man whose favorite literary character was Cyrano de Bergerac. Like Cyrano, Bill refused to bend on matters of principle: "...he lives without compromise, free in both his thoughts and his acts."

Cyrano de Bergerac Act V, Scene II​

                                                       In Memoriam

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