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Nearly all thirty most frequently used emergency department drugs experienced shortages from 2006-2019.

Lin MP, Vargas-Torres C, Shin-Kim J, et al. Nearly all thirty most frequently used emergency department drugs experienced shortages from 2006-2019. Am J Emerg Med. 2022;53:135-159. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2021.12.064.

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April 27, 2022
Lin MP, Vargas-Torres C, Shin-Kim J, et al. Am J Emerg Med. 2022;53:135-139.

Drug shortages can result in patient harm, such as dosing errors from a medication substitution. In this study, 28 of the 30 most frequently used medications in the emergency department experienced shortages between 2006 and 2019. The most common reasons for shortages were manufacturing delays and increased demand. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated pre-existing drug shortages.

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Lin MP, Vargas-Torres C, Shin-Kim J, et al. Nearly all thirty most frequently used emergency department drugs experienced shortages from 2006-2019. Am J Emerg Med. 2022;53:135-159. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2021.12.064.