"Drug shortages have become one of the most serious, potentially life-threatening issues in health-system pharmacy practice. Today, the incidence of drug shortages has risen to critical levels, as of December 2011, there were over 250 documented shortages. To further compound the problem the shortage landscape is not expected to change for at least 3 years.
Shortages adversely affect drug therapy, compromise or delay treatment, and can even result in failure to properly treat disease and the consequent progression of disease. With so many current shortages (and new ones occurring daily) facilities with well-developed programs and active committees designed to address these issues are at a distinct advantage."
Paul Arpino, PharmD, BCPS will review drug shortage programs, which should be designed to mitigate the impact of these events on patient care. Register now!