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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.
Collins TR. The Hospitalist. July 2011.
This article discusses how drug shortages in hospitals can endanger care and suggests that hospitalists communicate with pharmacists to improve patient safety.
Safe handling of concentrated electrolyte products from outsourcing facilities during critical drug shortages.
National Alert Network. Horsham, PA: Institute for Safe Medication Practices; Bethesda, MD: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. May 24, 2018.
Drug shortages can necessitate hospitals to find alternative sources for important medications. This alert raises awareness of risks associated with potassium chloride use due to variations in labeling, packaging, or concentration of outsourced medications. Recommendations include use of barcode scanning and communicating with staff regarding drug shortages.
Journal Article > Commentary
Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2018;75:816-820.
This commentary summarizes the discussion of a multidisciplinary group of experts about drug shortages to highlight successes, opportunities for improvement, trends to consider, and strategies to plan for shortages. The group recommended actions needed to guide prevention and mitigation efforts such as developing best practices for use of high-alert drugs during shortages, increasing manufacturer transparency, and enhancing Food and Drug Administration improvement and communication activities.