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Journal Article
Commentary

Shortage of perioperative drugs: implications for anesthesia practice and patient safety.

De Oliveira GS, Theilken LS, McCarthy RJ. Anesthesia and analgesia. 2011;113:1429-35.

Several commonly used anesthesia medications are among the 140 medications currently considered to be in short supply. Data from MEDMARX reveals that shortages have been implicated in many cases of prescribing errors, often when one concentration of medication was substituted for the unavailable formulation.