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Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are among the health care providers who administer and prescribe essential drugs such as Propofol and IV saline solution on a daily basis. Like their health professional colleagues, OMSs are often among the last to know when an essential drug will be in short supply or no longer available.  In 2012, Congress enacted the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA), which included provisions to address the growing number of drug shortages. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is tasked with carrying out the drug shortage-related provisions of the law, which include various studies and reports back to Congress regarding the causes of and ways to ameliorate drug shortages. Despite efforts by the federal government to address the issue, drug shortages still persist and the push to effectively address the issue remains a priority for AAOMS.