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Impact of a drug shortage on medication errors and clinical outcomes in the pediatric intensive care unit.

Hughes KM, Goswami ES, Morris JL. Impact of a Drug Shortage on Medication Errors and Clinical Outcomes in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. J Pediatr Pharmacol Ther. 2015;20(6):453-61. doi:10.5863/1551-6776-20.6.453.

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February 3, 2016
Hughes KM, Goswami ES, Morris JL. J Pediatr Pharmacol Ther. 2015;20(6):453-61.

Drug shortages can result in safety consequences, as studies have shown a higher rate of treatment failure and increased adverse events associated with unavailability of first-line therapies. However, this study did not find any change in adverse events in pediatric intensive care unit patients during a shortage of commonly used sedatives and injectable opioid pain medications. The authors note that advance warning of the shortage and development of standardized algorithms for drug substitution may have mitigated the potential safety hazards.

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Hughes KM, Goswami ES, Morris JL. Impact of a Drug Shortage on Medication Errors and Clinical Outcomes in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. J Pediatr Pharmacol Ther. 2015;20(6):453-61. doi:10.5863/1551-6776-20.6.453.