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Book/Report

Drug Shortages: Root Causes and Potential Solutions.

Drug Shortage Task Force. Drug Shortages: Root Causes and Potential Solutions. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; 2020.

Drug shortages result from a variety of systemic failures. This report identifies market demands and financial factors that disrupt medication production. The materials recommend development of shared mental models on the causes of medication shortages and how they affect patients. Legislative and pharmaceutical industry-level quality improvement strategies designed to address systemic weaknesses are reviewed.