Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS)

Drug Shortages
21E Drug Shortages

Drug shortages are caused by an eclectic mix of factors including business decisions, manufacturing problems, and product discontinuation  (Fox & Tyler, 2003). These shortages in the healthcare system can compromise efficiency and safety by delaying treatment protocol, increasing cost, complicating reimbursement, increasing necessary labor, and increasing the likelihood of medical errors due to subpar substitutes (McBride et al., 2013).

Executive summary checklist

Drug shortages are a growing threat worldwide. A drug shortage is a situation in which the total supply of all clinically interchangeable versions of a drug is too low to meet the current or projected demand for use  

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