Institute for Safe Medication Practices: Drug Shortages ‘Unprecedented’

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It’s July, and it’s not just the rising temperature and humidity that’s making this a summer of discontent. Healthcare providers are also feeling the heat from an alarming number of drug shortages of critically important medications. Drug shortages can compromise or delay important drug therapy and result in medication errors. According to reports submitted to ISMP, healthcare practitioners are concerned more than ever before about how frequent drug shortages are adversely affecting patient care and exhausting a tremendous amount of hospital resources to address the growing problem.

While drug shortages have long been a problem in healthcare,(1) the number experienced in the past few months is unprecedented, particularly with high use medications, including emergency drugs, pain medications, and anesthetic agents.Read more at