Journal Article

The impacts of medication shortages on patient outcomes: a scoping review.

Phuong JM; Penm J; Chaar B; Oldfield LD; Moles R.

Drug shortages are a complex worldwide challenge to safe patient care. This review found economic, clinical, and psychosocial consequences associated with medication shortages for both patients and organizations. Highlighting weaknesses in the evidence base that stem from lack of data consistency, the authors describe the need for structured data on the medication shortage phenomenon to clarify their impact on patients across developed and developing countries. A WebM&M commentary explored medication safety in the context of drug shortages.