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Journal Article > Study
Sheth HS, Verrico MM, Skledar SJ, Towers AL. Ann Pharmacother. 2005;39:255-261.
This AHRQ-funded study looks at the possibilities of adverse drug events that can be heightened during a drug shortage. The authors concluded that age and the number of prescribed medications a patient is currently receiving can affect his or her safety in this situation.
National Alert Network for Serious Medication Errors. Bethesda, MD: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and Institute for Safe Medication Practices; June 16, 2010.
This announcement describes potential dosing errors that may result from a shortage of pre-filled Epinephrine syringes.
Neergaard L. San Francisco Chronicle; November 1, 2011:A6.
This newspaper article reports on an executive order directing the Food and Drug Administration to take steps to prevent and mitigate drug shortages.
Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; October 31, 2011.
This report outlines the complex nature of drug shortages and suggests strategies to augment the FDA's efforts to address them.
Audiovisual > Audiovisual Presentation
Faye J. NBC-17 News. November 10, 2011.
This news segment discusses how drug shortages can affect providers, patients, and decisions about medication therapy.
Journal Article > Commentary
Alspach JG. Crit Care Nurse. 2012;32:8-13.
This commentary discusses how drug shortages influence critical care and invites readers to share their experiences via a survey link.
Willams B. The Record. March 10, 2012.
Exploring how drug shortages affect patients, this news piece describes one cancer patient's efforts to acquire the chemotherapeutic agent that is prolonging his life.
Sun LH. Washington Post. April 10, 2012.
This newspaper article discusses strategies hospitals are using to address drug shortages.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. April 19, 2012;17:1-3.
This article reports results from a survey of hospital pharmacy staff on patient injury associated with drug shortages.
London, UK: All-Party Pharmacy Group; May 2012.
This report discusses the impact of drug shortages in the United Kingdom and describes potential solutions.
Cooper JJ. ABC News. July 12, 2012.
This news article reports on how drug shortages have affected emergency medical services.
Gupta S. CNN. July 23, 2012.
This news video reports on how drug shortages affect patients and describes US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) efforts to address the issue.
Journal Article > Commentary
Rochon PA, Gurwitz JH. Arch Intern Med. 2012;172:1499-1500.
This article comments on the patient safety implications of drug shortages and a proposed approach to guide clinical decision-making when distributing medications during shortages.
Thomas K. New York Times. November 17, 2012:A1.
This newspaper article reports on the concerns of patients and health care workers associated with the continuing drug shortages in the United States.
Journal Article > Study
Metzger ML, Billett A, Link MP. N Engl J Med. 2012;367:2461-2463.
The nationwide unavailability of certain prescription medications has posed a potential patient safety problem, as these shortages have been increasingly common over the past few years. This study shows clear evidence that drug shortages can result in patient harm. In 2009, a shortage of mechlorethamine (a standard component of chemotherapy regimens for childhood leukemia) forced oncologists to treat patients with an alternative agent, cyclophosphamide (which was thought to be equally effective). This article demonstrates that children who received cyclophosphamide clearly had a higher rate of treatment failure, resulting in the need for further chemotherapy and bone marrow transplantation. This finding adds to other recent studies documenting clinical consequences directly related to drug shortages.
Murray C, Rycek W, Johnson D, Sifuentes-Tovar F. Pharm Purch Prod. January 2013;10:12.
This magazine article details how one academic medical center used a collaborative approach and implemented policies and procedures to address perioperative drug shortages.
Tampa, FL: International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering; June 2013.
Talsma J. Drug Topics. June 15, 2013.
Discussing the current state of and efforts to address drug shortages, this news article notes a reduction in chemotherapy delays and reveals persistent barriers to improvement.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. July 29, 2010;15:1-4.
This article discusses medication shortages and how they exacerbate medication error and treatment delay. The piece includes a link to a brief survey on this topic.
Edillo PN. Pharm Purch Prod. April 2011;8:26.
This article describes the impact of medication shortages on health systems and discusses how to manage them.