The Drug Shortage Crisis in the United States Causes Impact and Management Strategies

Ventola, C.L. (2011). The Drug Shortage Crisis in the United States: Causes, Impact, and Management Strategies. Pharmacy & Therapeutics. 36(11): 740-742, 749-757.
This article reviews the causes of drug shortages, drugs most susceptible to shortages, the impacts of drug shortages, and strategies for managing drug shortages. In addition, recommendations from a drug shortage summit in November 2010 attended by representatives of pharmaceutical manufacturers, wholesalers, group-purchasing organizations, health care providers, trade groups, and the federal government, are also included.
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