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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.
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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.