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Journal Article
Commentary

National drug shortages worsen during COVID-19 crisis: proposal for a comprehensive model to monitor and address critical drug shortages.

Piatek OI, Ning JC-min, Touchette DR. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2020;7(21):1778-1785.

Drug shortages are an ongoing threat to safe patient care. This commentary discusses the impact of COVID-19 on medication supply and demand, and the resulting drug shortages. The authors provide several recommendations for reducing future drug shortages in times of crises, including increasing stockpiles and creating a critical drug list with potential substitutes.